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My Preference For Books On Politics, Leadership Is Deliberate –Bill Gates

Posted: May 10, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yemi Adebisi, Lagos.


American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer and inventor, William Henry ‘Bill’ Gates III, is one of the few examples of excellence in the world record.

However, he recently declared that his rare strength lies in the pages of the books he read.

He sent comments on the books that transformed his life.

“On average, I probably read a book a week. I recently published my list of six books I’m recommending for the summer, and below, you’ll find a sampling of some of the things I’ve read in the past few years.

“If you’re looking for something to read this summer, I’d recommend any of the books below. I read them all earlier this year and think each one is terrific.

“Only one, The Rosie Project, qualifies as a typical beach read. But, all six are deeply informative and beautifully written,” he said.

Going through the list he recommended, it was observed that they capture essentially, subjects on business, health, politics and leadership.

The first on the list, Business Adventures, by John Brooks, according to him, was recommended to him by Warren Buffett in 1991. “It’s still the best business book I’ve ever read. Even though Brooks wrote more than four decades ago, he offers sharp insights into timeless fundamentals of business, like the challenge of building a large organisation, hiring people with the right skills, and listening to customers’ feedback. He is also a masterful storyteller, peppering his articles with compelling portraits of everyone from General Electric executives to the founder of Piggly Wiggly groceries. His article on the fate of the Ford Motor Company’s Edsel is a classic. Business Adventures is out of print in hardcover and paperback, but you can now buy it in e-book form… I wish all business writing were half as good,” he said.

Stress Test, by Timothy F. Geithner, is about a guy who was accused of being a lousy communicator. Gates describes it as a tool to fight a global financial meltdown.

“The politics of fighting financial crises will always be ugly. But it helps if the public knows a little more about the subject – what’s at stake, what the options are, what has worked in similar situations – so that the loud talkers resonate a bit less and the knowledgeable ones a bit more,” he said.

Others include The Bully Pulpit by Theodore Roosevelt; The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert and Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System, by Ezekiel J. Emanuel.

Gates however has published two books so far which include The Road Ahead, by Nathan Myhrvold and Peter Rinearson and Business @ the Speed of Thought, published in 1999.