BookWatch: Bill Gates says these five books ‘made me question my own thinking’

Bill Gates is back with his summer reading list — and unlike in the past, there’s not a single light beach read among them.

Instead, the Microsoft MSFT, +0.49% co-founder says, these books “made me question my own thinking about how the world works.”

His five recommendations don’t include the choice he singled out for college graduates: Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.” Instead, he selected two memoirs, a biography, another work of nonfiction that offers a look at the future, and a novel.

“Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari. This is what Gates brought to read on vacation — and its provocative idea is what happens should the world achieve the goals of “bliss, immortality and divinity.

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