13 books reccommended by Bill gates in this pandemic time
We are living in difficult times and we need to keep ourselves informed about the situation every day, but also entertained with other subjects, also seeking different forms of knowledge.
Who is engaged in this mission is Bill Gates , founder and CEO of Microsoft, who during his free time likes to dedicate himself to reading. On his official website, the executive took the opportunity to indicate the forms of entertainment and content he has been consuming during social isolation, and took the opportunity to share with readers.
Gates indicated 13 publications, some with sequels and derivatives, which you can also read, with most available in Portuguese. Check out the full list:
1. The Auschwitz Ballerina – Edith Eva Eger
The executive’s first indication is the book The Choice , published in Brazil as A Bailarina de Auschwitz, which tells the story of the author, Edith Eger, when she was sent to the concentration camp at the age of 16. After overcoming the trauma, she went to the United States and became a therapist.
2. The Ride of a Lifetime – Robert Iger
Bill Gates’ second nomination is The Ride of a Lifetime , a book written by Robert Iger, also known only as Bob Iger. The executive was CEO of the Walt Disney Company from 2005 until the beginning of this year, currently serving in the company as chief executive. In the book, Bob Iger shares with readers the lessons learned during his career at Disney, leading more than 200,000 employees, telling what steps are taken to be a great leader.
3. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Atlas de Nuvens , David Mitchell’s novel, mixes in a single adventure publication, Nabokovian puzzles, squandering the author’s scientific and philosophical knowledge. There are six stories connected in time and space, beginning in the 19th century and following a post-apocalyptic future.
4. The Great Flu
The History of the Spanish Flu, the Deadliest Pandemic of All Time – John M. Barry
The book The Great Flu: The History of the Spanish Flu, the Most Deadly Pandemic of All Time, by John M. Barry, is a best seller that tells the “definitive study” on the Spanish flu and its consequences, which reached the world in 1918. About 100 million deaths were left by this fatal pandemic.
5. Good Economics for Hard Times Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Bill Gates’ next tip is Good Economics for Hard Times, written by Nobel Prize winners Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, a book that shows how to deal with the critical problems of today’s economy, which is likely to be the biggest challenge facing Last times. Among the themes portrayed in the publication are immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, growth of climate change, and much more.
6. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness – Andy Puddicombe
In the book The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness , Andy Puddicombe, a A former Buddhist monk who also voices the guided meditation app Headspace and is considered the UK’s leading mindfulness expert puts all his knowledge of the practice into words. Of meditation. The mission of the publication is to make people use 10 minutes of their day for this.
7. Art and the Science of Memorizing Everything – Joshua Foer
Art and the Science of Memorizing Everything is a book by journalist Joshua Foer, who, when meeting with participants in a contest of people with exceptional memories, discovered that they were dedicated to training that helped him remember entire poems, for example, or still of the order of cards in a deck. That’s when, then, he decided to challenge himself and start a journey through the capacity of his memory.
8. Lost on Mars – Andy Weir
Lost on Mars is a book by Andy Weir, who became the inspiration for a film in 2015, with Matt Damon as the protagonist Mark Watney, an astronaut who became the 17th person to set foot on Mars and who may be the first to die there The Ares 3 mission ends up being aborted after a strong sandstorm on the red planet, causing the crew to leave leaving Mark there, believing that he had not survived.
9. A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow, a book that was on the New York Times bestseller list for almost a year and which sold more than a million copies, relates with lightness and humour the values and traditions that were left behind, being forgotten with the time. The publication focuses on the noble Aleksandr Ilitch Rostov, also known as The Count, who is convicted of housing arrest in the loft of a luxury hotel in the former Moscow aristocracy.
10. The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui
The Best We Could Do, Thi Bui’s book, talks about the search for a better future and the nostalgia for the past, addressing the anguish caused by immigration and the lasting effects that this change of home, life and customs can impact a child. The story is based on his own life when his family fled in the 1970s after the fall of South Vietnam.
11. Rosie Trilogy – Graeme Simsion
Rosie trilogy, Graeme Simsion, consists of the books: The Rosie Project, The Effect Rosie and The Rosie Result, The Result Rosie, in literal translation, the only one who has not won the Portuguese edition. The first book tells the story of Don Tillman, a professor of genetics in search of the perfect wife. The rest of the publications show the development of this story and its consequences.
12. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened – Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and A Half is a book that emerged from a blog by Allie Brosh, a youthful American woman in her early twenties, who tells funny stories about her everyday life, such as “Why dogs don’t understand the basics how to move, “each accompanying illustrations made in Paint on your own computer.
13. What If ?: Scientific Answers to Absurd Questions – Randall Munroe
Bill Gates’ latest nomination is the book What If ?: Scientific Answers to Absurd Questions, by Randall Munroe, a cartoonist who has worked in NASA’s robot department and who became known on the internet for his 2005 comic series XKCD. The book was created based on the strange questions he has already received on the blog, such as “If robots caused the apocalypse, how long would humanity last?”, For example.