By coincidence both Richard Branson and Bill Gates each came out with their Top 5 recommended books of 2016 yesterday, so here are 10 books to add to your reading list from the UK’s and USA’s best known entrepreneurs!
RICHARD BRANSON’S TOP 5 BOOKS
1) If I Could Tell You Just One Thing (Richard Reed) – Written by the founder of Innocent Drinks, on the advice he’s been given by leaders from Judi Dench and Simon Cowell to Andy Murray and James Cordon.
2) Winners (Alastair Cambell) – Written by Former UK PM’s Tony Blair’s chief strategist, based on interviews with winners from Garry Kasparov to Nelson Mandela to Floyd Mayweather.
3) Black Box Thinking (Matthew Syed) – A book on why most people never learn from their mistakes, and how to shift your thinking so that you do.
4) Ending the War on Drugs (Richard Branson) – With a foreword by Richard himself, and contributions from global opinion leaders, this book explains how to tackle a global challenge.
5) Travels with Charley (John Steinbeck) – The story of how John Steinbeck travelled across almost forty states of America with his dog, and what he experienced on the way.
BILL GATES’ TOP 5 BOOKS
6) Shoe Dog (Phil Knight) – A memoir by the founder of Nike, this book goes through how he built a global brand and the challenges along the way.
7) The Myth of the Strong Leader (Archie Brown) – In a year where there has been radical changes in leadership in both UK and USA, this book is about the myth of ‘strong leadership’.
8) The Grid (Gretchen Bakke) – A deep dive into how America’s electrical grid was created, and how it needs to be re-imagined for the green energy future ahead.
9) The Gene (Siddharta Mukherjee) – The New York Times #1 Bestseller and Washington Post Best Book of the Year takes you on a journey to the centre of your genetic code.
10) String Theory (David Foster Wallace) – A book not about science, but about tennis. As Bill Gates says, “This book has nothing to do with physics, but its title will make you look super smart if you’re reading it on a train or plane.”
Enjoy the books, and add any recommendations of your own in the comments below.
Here’s more details on the 10 books above from Richard and Bill’s blogs:
“I do think something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” ~ J.K. Rowling