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Bill Gates is a well-read guy, and it’s been that way for a while. He would check out books from the library so much as a youngster that the librarian wouldn’t give him new ones until he returned a few.

So it’s safe to assume that his top ten books of 2012 are legitimate. The Microsoft co-founder writes that he “read some amazing books this year.”

“Every one of these books changed my worldview, and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for inspiring reading,” Gates wrote.

Here are the top ten books that made Gates “think.” Each is linked to a written review that Gates himself penned.

  1. Deng Xiaoping by Ezra Vogel
  2. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
  3. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  4. A World-Class Education by Vivien Stewart
  5. Academically Adrift by Richard Arum & Joshipa Roksa

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