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Bill Gates advised reading a book about a Russian chemist

This time, the list of five books included not only new works, but also time-tested classics.

This time, the list of five books included not only new works, but also time-tested classics.

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American entrepreneur, billionaire and avid reader Bill Gates, “Swallowing” at least fifty books a year, shared his advice on what to read during the long New Year holidays.

This time, the list of five books included not only new works, but also time-tested classics.

For example, “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein, written in 1961. It’s a fantastic thing about a man who grew up with the Martians and later went to Earth and tries to understand and accept human ideas about important things.

“This book asks deep questions about human nature through a classic sci-fi thing and a decidedly fictional setting.” wrote Gates on Heinlein’s work, which, in the billionaire’s own words, occupies a special place in his memory.

U2 frontman Bono’s autobiographical book Surrender, Bill Gets called “the best memoir he’s ever read.”

The Rival Team, a book about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president and the first Republican to hold that position, is one that Gates said shook him deeply. The non-fiction work, published in 2005 by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, has been critically acclaimed.

Tennis as an Inner Game by Robert Galwey is another classic written by a tennis coach in 1974; this book is all about productivity. According to Gates, it is “a collection of advice applicable to many areas of life.”

And, finally, “Mendeleev’s Dream” by Paul Strathearn. The name of the book speaks for itself, and, according to the billionaire, this is the best book about the periodic system invented by the Russian chemist that he has ever read.

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