Bill Gates Puts Jared Diamond's New Book Atop His Summer Reading List
"Like a lot of people, I was blown away by Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel," Gates also says. "I had never read anything that explained so much about human history." Gates has become a respected book critic, and a nod of approval from the Microsoft co-founder comes highly regarded. He will be releasing a full review of The World Until Yesterday later this month. Until then, he is optimistic that Diamond's book on modern and traditional society will be as powerful as his other work. (In the video embedded above, Diamond gives a keynote about the material in his book.) "I’m sure it will be a great read," Gates concludes, "because Diamond has such an interesting and wide-ranging mind."