November 3, 2005

News & Opinion: What Bill and Warren Are Reading

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:52 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Buddies Bill Gates and Warren Buffet held a big Q&A event at the University of Nebraska in late September. They did a similar thing in 1997 at University of Washington. Fortune was there with them and interviewed the two afterwards. The first question was "[What is the] best book you've read lately?" And their answers were...

BUFFET: Katherine Graham's Personal History is sensational. I think everybody ought to read that.

GATES: There's one called The Bottomless Well, about energy, that I love. There's one about computer science, Ray Kurzweil's book--I have a preprint, so I'm not sure when it's coming out-- called Singularity Is Near, about artificial intelligence. The Tom Friedman book [The World is Flat] is supergood. Jeffery Sachs wrote a book called The End of Poverty, the Jack Welch book Winning came out this year, and don't forget [Jared Diamond's] Collapse, which is a follow-on to one of the best books of all time [Guns, Germs, and Steel].

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.