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Bill Gates’s Top 5 Books to Read and Gift This Year

It’s been almost nine years since Bill Gates launched his personal blog, Gates Notes, with his musings on topics like health, energy, education and — perhaps most popular — books. The Microsoft founder regularly releases a winter roundup of five books he loved reading over the past year, and his 2018 list — released Monday — spans everything from a how-to guide on meditation to an in-depth exploration of autonomous weapons.

Whether you’re in need of a volume to read on the flight home, to use as an escape when extended family members bring up politics or to break your social media scrolling addiction, Gates recommended his top five titles to read and gift this year.

Educated by Tara Westover

“Tara never went to school or visited a doctor until she left home at 17. I never thought I’d relate to a story about growing up in a Mormon survivalist household, but she’s such a good writer that she got me to reflect on my own life while reading about her extreme childhood. Melinda and I loved this memoir of a young woman whose thirst for learning was so strong that she ended up getting a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.”

Army of None by Paul Scharre

“Autonomous weapons aren’t exactly top of mind for most around the holidays, but this thought-provoking look at AI in warfare is hard to put down. It’s an immensely complicated topic, but Scharre offers clear explanations and presents both the pros and cons of machine-driven warfare. His fluency with the subject should come as no surprise: He’s a veteran who helped draft the U.S. government’s policy on autonomous weapons.”

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

“A bunch of my friends recommended this one to me.

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