It has already become a tradition. Every December Bill Gates shares a list of books he recommends for Christmas. Here is something for everybody – nerds and adventurers, scientists and dreamers. Pick your favorite and enjoy it! Have a great Christmas time!

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones 


Jones tells the story of a black couple whose marriage gets torn apart by a horrible incident of injustice.  Not only Bill Gates is a fan of this book.  Barack Obama wrote once about this tragic love story: “A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.”  Hmm, probably it is worth reading a love story recommended by men…



These Truths, by Jill Lepore

American history on 960 pages – interesting not only for historians. Bill Gates promises that even if you are an expert in US history, you will still learn a lot from this book. Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News.



Growth, by Vaclav Smil

Smil takes readers from bacterial invasions through animal metabolisms to megacities and the global economy – a book for those of you who love interdisciplinary sciences, civilization theory, futurism with a pinch of philosophy. Bill Gates is a big fan of Smil´s books. A couple of years ago he said: “I wrote that I wait for new Smil books the way some people wait for the next Star Wars movie”. This book obviously did not disappoint him.



Prepared, by Diane Tavenner

Prepared is a guidebook about how to make the educational process as smooth and fruitful as possible. Along the way, she shares what she’s learned about teaching kids not just what they need to get into college, but how to live a good life. “Prepared is a treasure trove of deeply practical wisdom that accords with everything I know about how children thrive.”— Angela Duckworth, the author of “Grit” and founder of the modern theory of education.



Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker

This is my favorite book on the list because it has already changed my life. Bill Gates admits that this book changed his sleep habits too. He mentions: “Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is important—but what exactly counts as a good night’s sleep? And how do you make one happen? Walker has persuaded me to change my bedtime habits to up my chances. If your New Year’s resolution is to be healthier in 2020, his advice is a good place to start.” Nothing to add here: Either read this or even better – go to bed right now!





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