Bill Gates is giving away free digital copies of Hans Rosling's "Factfulness" to 2018 U.S. college and university graduates.
Bill Gates recently revealed his five recommended books for summertime reading. Now, he’s giving away one of those five — his favorite book of the year so far — to this year’s college graduates.
The book is “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — And Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund. And all 2018 graduates, from any accredited college or university in the United States, can go to Gates Notes to download a complimentary copy (in .epub format). Graduates will need to sign up or log in as a Gates Notes Insider, and then select their university or college from a drop-down menu in order to download the book. The download will be available for about two or three days.
Gates is doing this “to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and potential of this year’s graduating class,” according to the news release.
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Hans Rosling, a global-health lecturer who died last year, “gives you a breakthrough way of understanding basic truths about the world — how life is getting better, and where the world needs to improve,” Gates wrote in a blog post revealing his summer reading list.
The bulk of “Factfulness” is “devoted to ten instincts that keep us from seeing the world factfully,” Gates wrote in a more detailed review of the book. “With each one, he offers practical advice about how to overcome our innate biases.”