BookWatch: Bill Gates promises his summer book picks are (mostly) quick reads

Bill Gates isn’t one for light beach reads.

Well, there was this romantic novel in his 2014 summer reading list, but that’s been the exception in a string of lists that included recommendations for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Still, he’s calling his five summer picks for this year “fun to read, and most of them are pretty short.”

You may not agree with Gates’ definition of “pretty short” (only one book is under 300 pages), and he does warn that all involve “heavy subject matter.” But if you want to keep up with the Microsoft MSFT, -0.02% co-founder, here’s what you need to read:

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