On this hard time of lock-down and anxiety, people are losing heart due to their day by day weakening income resources and worsening economical conditions. As this is a time to keep the nerves strong to fight the pandemic, people spend a lot of their time reading books or watching movies to learn more about pandemics, or to look for a distraction. One of our favorite personality Bill Gates is always in the market for recommendations. This time Bill Gates recommends 5 books to get out of the critical economic and psychological conditions.
Bill Gates hopes the readers will find something that catches the interest.
1. The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Edith Eva Eger was born in Kosice, Slovakia. At the age of 16 she was sent to Auschwitz with her family During the Second World War in 1944. After surviving the Holocaust, she moved to the United States in 1949. Having done her graduation with a PhD from the University of Texas, Edith Eva Eger became an eminent psychologist.
The award-winning international bestseller The Choice is her autobiography. It shows that even in hell, hope can flower.
Despite overwhelming odds of Holocaust, nothing succeeded to break Edith. She in fact, learnt the most important message of life, to live with an exhilarating strength and resilience in hard times.
2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Starting from the traveling adventure of Adam Ewing the story spans five centuries. Everything is connected in the past, present and future as souls are born and reborn, they renew their bonds to one another throughout time.
In 2007 Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time. Cloud Atlas was his third novel which won him the ‘British Book Awards Literary Fiction’ award and the ‘Richard & Judy Book of the Year’ award.
The bestseller 2004 novel was adapted to film directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis released in October 2012
3. The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger
Robert Iger served as CEO of The Walt Disney Company (the largest, most admired media company in the world, having Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties) from 2005 to 2020 and is the current Executive Chairman and directs the company’s creative endeavors.
The Ride of a Lifetime, #1 New York times bestseller, is a memoir of leadership and success. It, in part, focuses on Iger’s many years efforts to start Shanghai Disneyland Park in China. The author shares his experiences while running Disney and explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership; optimism, courage, decisiveness and fairness.
4. The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
During the First World War, history’s most lethal influenza virus, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide, erupted in Kansas.
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History is a tale of triumph amid tragedy. It brings us up to speed on the terrible threats of pandemics. It suggests us ways in which we might head off another flu pandemic. The Great Influenza was a New York Times Best Seller.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, John M. Barry graduated from Brown University in 1968. He is Distinguished Scholar and adjunct faculty at Tulane University, United States. Apart from writing on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the influenza pandemic of 1918, Barry writes on the development of the modern ideas of separation of church and state and individual liberty.
5. Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo
This book shows how right economics can help us solve the toughest problems, social and political, of the day. It provides solutions to the issues facing by modern economies and societies around the world, like income inequality, slowing economic growth, technological unemployment, globalization and climate change. The authors argue that people in poverty often make more sound financial decisions than they are considered to be.
Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo both are Professors in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States. They share 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Some Worthy Mentions
He at the end mentions some of his wife Melinda and his own favorite TV shows and movies to have a look at them.
- Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (Documentary series on Netflix)
- A Million Little Things
- This Is Us
- I, Claudius
Last but not the least is one of Bill Gates all time favorite movies Spy Game, starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt which Bill Gates himself seen for 12 times.