What’s on Bill Gates’ 2021 summer reading list?

Five books that examine the complicated relationship between humanity and nature. The list includes books about damage done to the planet by humans, how your body keeps you safe from microscopic invaders, the fallout from an oil spill and a novel about a group of ordinary people fighting to save the trees. 

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1.Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric by Thomas Gryta

How could a company as big and successful as GE fail? I’ve been thinking about that question for several years, and Lights Out finally gave me many of the answers I was seeking.

2.Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert 

Kolbert’s latest is the most straightforward examination of “humanity versus nature.” She describes it as “a book about people trying to solve problems caused by people trying to solve problems.”

3. A Promised Land by Barack Obama 

The memoir covers his early career up through the mission that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. President Obama is unusually honest about his experience in the White House.

4.The Overstory by Richard Powers 

The Overstory follows the lives of nine people and examines their connection with trees. Some of the characters come together over the course of the book, while others stay on their own.

5.Elegant Defense, An: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System by Matt Richtel

Richtel wrote his book before the pandemic, but this exploration of the human immune system is nevertheless a valuable read that will help you understand what it takes to stop COVID-19.

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