Last December, Microsoft founder Bill Gates revealed his five favorite books of 2017, a diverse list including, somewhat hilariously, Eddie Izzard’s autobiography. During a recent reddit AMA, the billionaire revealed his favorite books of 2018 thus far.
When asked if there was a standout book for him from this year, he named two.
Both books have much longer subtitles, which Gates didn’t list but which make the titles sound much more hopeful. They are: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress and Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Pinker’s work asserts that the human race are on the whole happier, healthier, wealthier, and safer than ever before. Pinker’s previous book Better Angels has long been one of Gates’ favorites.
Factfulness author Rosling was an advisor to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and assisted in the setup of Médecins sans Frontières in Sweden. Rosling passed away a year ago this month, however his son and daughter-in-law completed the book’s final chapters. It will be released in April. The book chronicles the ten most common misconceptions about the world.
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