It’s like Oprah’s book list, but for nerds.
If you want a super-nerdy version of Oprah’s book list, here you go.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is once again announcing — and even reviewing! — his five favorite books from among the many he read this year. They range from a history of genomics to the autobiography of Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
“They’re all very well written, and they all dropped me down a rabbit hole of unexpected insights and pleasures,” Gates said in a blog post on Monday.
Here are the five, with links to Gates’s reviews.
- “String Theory,” by David Foster Wallace
- “Shoe Dog,” by Phil Knight
- “The Myth of the Strong Leader,” by Archie Brown
- “The Gene: An Intimate History,” by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- “The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future,” by Gretchen Bakke
Gates, the slacker, hasn’t yet gotten around to a full review of “The Grid.” But he did note in a blog post that the book, which looks at our aging electrical infrastructure, is a representative of one of his favorite genres: Books that are about mundane stuff, but that are nonetheless fascinating.