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What You and Bill Gates Have In Common

Last week, Bill Gates sent out his top book picks for 2016. Investing in Microsoft is a win, but so is investing in your brain. If Bill Gates can read a book a week, then we know the rest of us mere mortals can read at least four each year!

We know, we know, it’s hard to get through a book. Between work, social events, kids or school work it’s a battle to even get alone time. We’ve got the perfect way for you to get back in the habit - Read 66! On January 1st we start 66 days of reading. Did you hear that challenge? That’s right, the gauntlet has been thrown. It’s simple. You can register here to track your reading. Voilà, you are part of a group of people trying to read for at least 15 minutes each day.

Interested in starting with Mr. Gates top picks? You’re in luck we’ve got a couple copies, and their read-alikes for all you overachievers, right here at JPL. We’ve included the call numbers for easy access, but double check with your local branch. If they don’t have this book, ask about a read-alike!

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Do you run faster in your Nike sneakers? In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Find it in our collection: BIO 338.76887609 KNIGHT, CD 338.768876 KNIGHT


The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

Find it in our collection: 616.042 MUKHERJEE, CD 616.042 MUKHERJEE


The Myth Of The Strong Leader: Political Leadership In Modern Politics by Archie Brown 

Ever relevant after this election, take a close look at what it takes for leaders to be great. All too frequently, leadership is reduced to a simple dichotomy: the strong versus the weak. Yet, there are myriad ways to exercise effective political leadership--as well as different ways to fail. We blame our leaders for economic downfalls and praise them for vital social reforms, but rarely do we question what makes some leaders successful while others falter. In this magisterial and wide-ranging survey of political leadership over the past hundred years, renowned Oxford politics professor Archie Brown challenges the widespread belief that strong leaders - meaning those who dominate their colleagues and the policy-making process - are the most successful and admirable.

Find it in our collection: 303.340904 BROWN

Not interested in politics, business or science? Check out our how to get a personal book list, just for you. Tell us what you like already, and we’ll tell you about some other books we think you’ll also like!

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