As it turns out, the more power you have, the more money you have, the more influence you have — even on readers.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a business book from 1969 flew to the top of the bestsellers list after Microsoft CEO Bill Gates mentioned it as his favorite book in an essay he wrote for The Wall Street Journal earlier this month.
Bill Gates’ mention of John Brooks’ Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street in The Wall Street Journal sent the book to the No. 5 spot on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list. The book was published in 1969 and is no longer in print. But the book’s publisher, Open Road, quickly made it available in e-book format, and a paperback re-issue is now slated for September. In the essay, Gates wrote “Today, more than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read.”
Will you be buying the book?
Get Business Adventures in paperback for $10.34. — starting August 12, 2014!
Bill Gates is best known for his computer work. But now he’s entering another field: book reviews.
According to this article by the L.A. Times, Gates has been reviewing books on his personal web site, The Gates Notes, since March of this year. It seems that the majority of the books he’s read and reviewed are nonfiction and align with his philanthropic interests, like healthcare, education, and technology. Just a few of the books he’s read include Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools by Steven Brill, Global Warming: The Complete Briefing by John Houghton, and The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam.
When I first read this article about Gates’ new venture into book reviews, I thought “What does he know? I thought he only knows computers.” But he is a Harvard dropout, and his worldly interests and opportunities have given him a real-life perspective into many of the topics he’s reading about and reviewing. That being said, his reviews are pretty good and eloquently written.
So if you ever get sick of me, just know you can always go to The Gates Notes and see what Bill Gates has to say about the latest nonfiction reads on prevalent social issues.