I wish I knew how many books Bill Gates has read in his life. The man inspires me to read more, and now he’s out with a recommended reading list for 2013.

Gates spent the holidays catching up on some books and has five titles that he thinks you should check out.

  1. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
  2. The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  3. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu
  4. The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention by William Rosen
  5. Tap Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis

Have you already read any of these, or do you recommend other titles? Comment below.

Previously on GeekWire: Bill Gates lists the top ten books of 2012 that made him think

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  • http://twitter.com/jmsimoes Jose Simoes

    The first one is very good!

  • http://twitter.com/umbrarchist umbrarchist


    43 years after the Moon landing and economists can’t talk about planned obsolescence? Double-entry accounting is 700 years old and we can’t make it mandatory in our high schools. Hopefully Android will clean Windows RT’s clock.

    • Jon Poland

      Nice collection of disjointed thoughts you got there.

      • http://twitter.com/umbrarchist umbrarchist

        But you didn’t say there was anything incorrect about the first two sentences. So I’m supposed to be upset by innuendo.

        • carlos camargo

          I’m calling out umbrarchist as an AI

          • http://twitter.com/umbrarchist umbrarchist

            In 1995 there were 200,000,000 cars in the United States. The economics profession has ignored the depreciation of nearly all of the cars on the planet since the Moon landing. And some of those clowns were given Nobel Prizes.

            Now that is Artificial Intelligence. They can’t think of as simple as making double-entry accounting mandatory in our schools. That could have been done decades ago. Being educated must mean being dumber than economists.

  • Keith

    Actually, it sounds like he is not recommending some of them, and simply telling us he read them…

    • Taylor Soper

      Yeah, I don’t think he particularly loved all five books, but they are certainly worth reading at the very least.

      • gerdo888

        I don’t know the rest, but the first book is way over rated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/othniel.mcdowell Othniel Mcdowell

    Bill Gates i love that guy more power to him if those book is good for him
    then they are good for me


  • webnetpromo

    Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu is really well analyzed book with true pictures of nations- apparent and in background.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jsmithepa John Smith

    I would think Gates would be writing books, not reading them.

    • lucascott

      yeah, 500 pages about why users are frustrated by the iPad and the Surface is better cause it can run Office and that’s the key to ‘creating’ on a tablet

  • nope

    Of course he would have a problem with Stiglitz.

  • http://twitter.com/Beeingsocial Beeingsocial

    I think everyone must read bill gates the road ahead , just loved his philosphy !

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