Ever wish you could read like Bill Gates? Follow the links below to read free samples of his summer reading list.
The entrepreneur invited his fans to read along with him on the beach. His reading list opened with The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond, and you can post your review on his site:
It’s crazy that I haven’t read this one yet. Diamond’s best-known book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, had a profound effect on the way I think about history and why certain societies advance faster than others. In this new book, he draws on his personal experiences with cultures in the Pacific Islands to talk about what traditional societies can teach us about child rearing, dispute resolution, and other areas. Even if I disagree with some of what he says, I know it will be interesting and well worth the read. In fact, I’d like to invite you to read it along with me. I’ll be posting my review of The World Until Yesterday in about two weeks. If you’re interested, you can read it at the same time and post your comments.
Japan’s Dietary Transition and Its Impacts by Vaclav Smil and Kazuhiko Kobayashi
Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing by Vaclav Smil
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude Steele
Patriot and Assassin by Robert Cook
(Link via Speckz)