Philanthropist and Microsoft founder – Bill Gates has revealed his summer book recommendations through his gatesnotes blog.
Well, something we didn’t expect, the list which covers 5 books includes Trevor Noah’s ‘Born a Crime.’ Not only is Gates reading Noah’s book, he is also a fan of The Daily Show.
On why he picked this book – Gates says;
As a longtime fan of The Daily Show, I loved reading this memoir about how its host honed his outsider approach to comedy over a lifetime of never quite fitting in. Born to a black South African mother and a white Swiss father in apartheid South Africa, he entered the world as a biracial child in a country where mixed race relationships were forbidden. Much of Noah’s story of growing up in South Africa is tragic. Yet, as anyone who watches his nightly monologues knows, his moving stories will often leave you laughing.
Other books on the includes;
The Heart, by Maylis de Kerangal
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance
Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari
A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter
Gates reveals that this list has pushed him out of his own experiences, and goes further to how experiences shape us and direction of humanity.
The books on this year’s summer reading list pushed me out of my own experiences, and I learned some things that shed new light on how our experiences shape us and where humanity might be headed.
Some of these books helped me better understand what it’s like to grow up outside the mainstream: as a child of mixed race in apartheid South Africa, as a young man trying to escape his impoverished life in rural Appalachia, or as the son of a peanut farmer in Plains, Georgia. I hope you’ll find that others make you think deeper about what it means to truly connect with other people and to have purpose in your life.