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Bill Gates Picks The Best 5 Books He Read in 2014

billgatesBill Gates has unveiled a list of his favorite books that he read in 2014.

Some of the titles were not published this year because “sometimes I fall behind and don’t get to a book until well after it’s been published.” Gates’ five picks include Business Adventures by John Brooks, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, How Asia Works by Joe Studwell, The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion, and Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization by Vaclav Smil.

Here’s an excerpt from Gates’ blog post: “I didn’t really plan it this way. But as I look at the list of the best books I read this year, I see how a number of them touch on economics and business. That’s fitting, in a year when Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century put a big spotlight on inequality. In addition, with the Asian economies so much in the news, I wanted to read How Asia Works, which promised to explain why some of the continent’s countries grew so fast while others languished. And I got to brush up on an old favorite, the best business book I’ve ever read.”

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Bill Gates Shares His Favorite Books of the Year

gatesBill Gates has shared his favorite books of the year and shared them on his blog.

Among his choices include the titles:  The Most Powerful Idea in the World by William RosenThe Box by Marc Levinson, and Harvesting the Biosphere by Vaclav Smil.

He explains the reason for his choices on his blog: “Each of the books on the list below taught me something I didn’t know. How shipping containers helped cut the cost of moving goods between Asia and North America by roughly half. How refined tools for measurement laid the groundwork for the invention of the steam engine. How we’re dangerously overfishing cod, tuna, and other species.”