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What to read, watch and listen to: Bill Gates' pre-holiday recommendations


Lyudmila Balabay

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Traditionally, the founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people on the planet, Bill Gates summed up of your reading year and advised what to read, listen to and watch during the winter holidays.

“At the end of the year it's always nice to look back and remember the best books I've read. In 2023, three came to mind. Each one is deeply informative and well written. “I also included an economics course from a phenomenal lecturer that I took over 10 years ago but still recommend to friends and family,” the billionaire wrote.


The Song of the Cell, Siddhartha Mukherjee. The book will help you understand what happens to the body when a person is sick. Its author, an oncologist and Pulitzer Prize winner, explains how life evolved from single-celled organisms and how every human disease is associated with changes in the body's cells.

Not the End of the World, Hannah Ritchie. A book about climate change. Using data, the author tells a story that contradicts doomsday scenarios due to climate and other environmental problems.

Invention and Innovation, Vaclav Smil. The author refutes the established belief that we live in the most innovative era in human history. He writes that the current era shows unmistakable signs of technological stagnation and slowing progress. Gates himself says that he does not agree with the author, but still advises reading the book, because “no one can explain the past better than Smil.” The billionaire added that he had read all 44 of the author’s books and personally discussed issues of technological progress with him more than once.

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Online lectures on economics from Timothy Taylor. This is one of Gates' favorite professors. He talks about the deep principles of economics and applies them to situations in everyday life, such as giving gifts or driving on the road.

TV Show

Gates recommends watching miniseries "All That Invisible Light" on Netflix. It is an adaptation of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The plot centers on the story of a blind French woman and a German soldier who were brought together by fate at the end of World War II.


To get in the holiday spirit, the billionaire also shared his Christmas playlist on Spotify – it has 54 hits. In particular, from Madonna, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and other stars.

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