Six books recommended by luminaries like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett


  • Business Insider brings you a reading list by the famous leaders and authors, amid the global pandemic.
  • This week, we bring you the recommended books by leaders like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey and more.
  • Here are all the stories you can explore from their chosen list.
The Coronavirus pandemic is showing no signs of dying down and social distancing and self isolation are here to stay. This is also causing anxiety among business leaders, employees and even students who are stuck at home. To counter that, Business Insider brings you a reading list by the famous leaders and authors, amid the global pandemic.

Business Insider collates interesting books to read, giving an outlook on career and professional growth, setbacks and opportunities. This week, we bring you the recommended books by leaders like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey and more. According to them, these books have the potential to make a difference in the real world.

Here are all the stories you can explore from their chosen list.

The Choice: Embrace the possible by Dr Edith Eva Eger

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Recommended by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, The Choice is a book that instills hope in difficult times. According to Gates, the book is a guide to overcome a trauma.

At the age of 16, Eger was sent to Auschwitz — where she was forced to dance, hours after her parents were killed — to survive. After going through all the chaos and decades of struggle and flashbacks, she returned to her place and became a therapist. She healed, and helped others heal in the process — and finally forgives herself.

The book narrates how our own minds can confine us and the way to freedom.
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Humankind: A hopeful history by Rutger Bregman

This book is one of the latest recommendations by the American psychologist and author Adam Grant.

Written by Rutger Bregman, Humankind is a book that offers positivity and portrays a more uplifting and rewarding human nature — discarding a general perception that humans are selfish. Humankind is a story that showcases a future where there are more givers than takers.
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The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger

Recommended by Bill Gates, The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger narrates what it takes to be a CEO of a large organisation. The story talks about the struggles and success of the Walt Disney Company during its most testing times.

Rober Iger became the CEO of the Walt Disney Company in 2005 when the technology was fast changing and the businesses needed to adapt to it. The book talks about four leadership principles — optimism, courage, decisiveness and fairness — to sail through. Iger shares his journey leading over 220,000 employees.
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21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, recommended by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, explores the present lives. Yuval Noah Harari shows how to protect from nuclear war and technological disruptions, which is relevant in the current times.

The Making of a leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development by J Robert Clinton
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Recommended by Adam Grant, The making of a leader takes us through the leadership journey — how a leader develops over time. The book narrates how to recognise your direction in life, and where you stand in the leadership development cycle. It also offers to identify people with leadership characteristics.

The book shares insights on achieving and sustaining success.

Keeping at it: The quest for sound money and good government by Paul Volcker
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Warren Buffet, a global investor recommends reading Keeping at it, a book that narrates the changes that have taken place in America — its people, government and the economy after World War II.

Paul Volcker was the chairman of the Federal Reserve for eight years. Through his book, Volcker shows how to deal with a crisis.

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