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Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List Is So Lame. These 6 Books Are Much Better.

He may be one of the world's richest men, but predictable picks leave a lot to be desired.

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James Jay Carafano

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July 24, 2014 - 7:00 am
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Bill Gates is much more than your run-of-the-mill multi-billionaire. He also recommends books for you to read.  BONUS!—his list comes with a cute video.

Gates is, undeniably, a really smart guy. But his summer reading list leaves a lot to be desired. For starters, it’s totally predictable. If the East Coast and West Coast elites have such things as book clubs, there’s not a title on Gates’ list that wouldn’t appeal.

Doubtless everyone in Martha’s Vineyard will be reading what Bill is reading. But the rest of us might care for something other than what passes for orthodoxy with Bill’s crowd.  So here is Bill’s list and my “unorthodox” alternative selections.

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If you want to read a book (of fiction) that will make you skittish about our immigration prez, read Flashback by Dan Simmons. As for Bill Gates, He's a legend in his own mind....a true malthusian.

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I'd lay odds he neither picked nor will read this list. It was undoubtedly the product of some focus group run by the PR agency associated with the Foundation.
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Bill Gates is living proof that even a person of spectacular accomplishment can be a complete idiot outside of his area of success. Stephen Hawking is another one.
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On health care, rather than a political tract, I'd recommend "Priceless" by Goodman or "Innovator's Prescription" to see just how much better things could be.

On history, Cernow's fabulous biography of the man who rose from an illegitimate Caribbean immigrant to become the first US Treasury Secretary and die in a duel is not to be missed.

On government, stick with Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom. It's a lot shorter and full of insight.

On business, I'll go we Drucker's Effective Executive, a concise and insightful exploration of its subject.

On the environment, Lomborg's Cool It will steer you straight.

For the beach, Lonesome Dove is amazing, or from this year's crop, Fourth of July Creek is unimbeachable!
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I'd read 'The Road' a few years ago and I'd rate it as merely ok.
I'd recommend two other books about a man's travels, one in the US and one abroad: Mark Twain's 'Roughing It' and 'Innocents Abroad'. 'Innocents Abroad' is especially timely right now, since in the latter half of the book he gives you an 19th century perspective on the peoples and cities of the Middle East including a lot about Jerusalem and the Holy Land. (Spoiler: the Arabs haven't changed much in 100+ years.)
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More important, the ancestors of the current Pallies hadn't arrived.

Cheers
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Atlas Shrugged is definitely a must-read.

There is also: The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope by John Allison.

Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins, which covers the 2008 Financial Crisis, the entitlement state, and US healthcare policy.

and this audio course on the 2008 Financial Crisis: https://estore.aynrand.org/p/134/the-financial-crisis-what-happened-and-why-mp3-download
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I love listicles!
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Good list, but "penultimate" does not mean what you think it does.
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Nice article; you have a good list!
Bill has the kind of list that I would expect from him given his pampered upbringing and success born of cronyism.
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Free to Choose, by Milton Friedman and the 10-episode series of the same name available on YouTube.
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The man gets lucky in the computer business and now he thinks he's a literary critic like Oprah.
I've got a few books that are great reads, but I'm going to keep them to myself. I don't want Bill Gates to know about them, or anyone else.
Hey Bill! Obamacare is crap! everyone knows it!
Hey Bill! Climate Change, formerly known as AGW or Anthropogenic Global Warming, is a leftist, statist, scam. Everyone but the stupidest knows it!
Hey Bill! Common Core is crap!
Hey Bill! STFU!
Hey Bill! Here's some good books I will share with you:
The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin
Gulag Archipelago
Killer Angels
Seabiscuit
The River War
Quo Vadis
The History Of Rasselas Prince Of Abissinia

Who cares what that worm Geitner has to say. Is he going to dish the dirt on Obama or the fed? I think not.


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Lucky, yes.
Lucky that his mother was on the same board as the IBM Chairman.
Lucky that a CP/M clone was available for Gates to copy and sell to IBM.
Lucky that Altair didn't know his claim to have developed a working interpreter was false.
Lucky to risen so far based upon intelligence coupled with a life which demonstrates a mind characterized by dishonesty, deceit, arrogance, copying, and fortuitous parental connections and money.
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"I've got a few books that are great reads, but I'm going to keep them to myself. I don't want Bill Gates to know about them, or anyone else."

How WILL the rest of us go on?
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Do your best.
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You realize that one of the persons singled out by Jared Diamond for his contribution to "Collapse" is Paul Ehrlich?
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Diamond's Guns Germs and Steel is fantastic.
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I had reservations about Jared Diamond, but I don't remember what they are. :)

Praising Paul Ehrlich would certainly qualify.
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I suggest Gates read the U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights and David Baron's book, The Founder's Bible. (New American Standard Bible)
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