In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg launched a book club via Facebook, noting a must-read every two weeks. The year opened with Moisés Naím’s The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be and closed out with David Deutsch’s The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World; in between were titles on racism, genetics, religion, medicine, and sociology, and a smattering of science fiction novels.
Jeff Bezos, owner of “bookstore killer” Amazon, had a book list on the platform in 2013 that included a variety of entrepreneur-focused books, like the iconic The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen and Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins.
Possibly the CEO most widely associated with reading, however, is Bill Gates, who has made 185 book recommendations since 2010. That also seems to have culminated with his most recent philanthropic action: gifting Factfulness, by Hans Rosling (with Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling), to every spring 2018 college graduate in the USA.
Published by Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan, in April of this year, this book could not be a more timely recommendation. As the US careens towards a “post-fact” society, Gates is making a clear statement: as graduates enter the working world–and take up their civic duty to head to the polls–they should embrace facts and reorient opinions around them.
The book is available to college grads in e-book format–perfect timing, considering the fact that Microsoft Edge is now allowing iOS users to read e-books in-browser. If the gift encourages users to engage with that functionality, it’s a double-win.