Bill Gates recommends five books for a turbulent year (Part 2)

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz – Erik Larson

The book tells about the years 1940-1941, British people had to take refuge in tunnels and subway stations when the Germans bombed the ground.

Erik Larson has recreated a period of vivid history in England, how people faced war as well as British leaders like Winston Churchill overcame the crisis.

The Splendid and the Vile will cover only a very small part of World War II history, but it will be a great complementary material for those looking to delve deeper into that tragic period.

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War – Ben Macintyre

This non-fiction book tells the story of Oleg Gordievsky, a Russian KGB officer who later became a double agent for the British and MI6.

It was Gordievsky’s secrets that contributed to the end of the Cold War period between Russia and Western countries.

Author Macintyre recounts this thrilling and vivid espionage story from not only a European perspective, including from Gordievsky, but from a Russian perspective as well.

Breath from Salt: A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine – Bijal P. Trivedi

This is a book Bill Gates evaluates to bring a lot of hope for the future. It captures the story of modern science and how it has improved the lives of cystic fibrosis patients and their families.

This story is particularly meaningful to Gates because he sees the future of biomedical science evolve and people will benefit more from our own invention and innovation efforts.