Bill Gates Is Gifting A Copy Of This Book To Every College Graduate This Year

"I think everyone should read it."

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has a gift for anyone graduating from a college or university in the United States this spring. The billionaire recently announced that he's giving away free downloads of the book Factfulness by the late global-health expert Hans Rosling.


The book, whose full title is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, was published earlier this year. "Although I think everyone should read it, it has especially useful insights for anyone who's making the leap out of college and into the next phase of life," Gates wrote in a blog post.

He went on to share a quote from Rosling's book: "When we have a fact-based worldview, we can see that the world is not as bad as it seems — and we can see what we have to do to keep making it better."

As Gates explained in a previous post about the book, Rosling looks at "ten instincts that keep us from seeing the world factfully," and shows how "the world can be both bad and better." As an example, Gates points out that a tornado killing 10 people may be a tragedy, but overall tornadoes are much less deadly than they used to be.

It's a topic Gates himself recently discussed with YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen, who polled her Twitter followers to show that people underestimate how much global poverty, health care, and other conditions have improved over the years.

Although Gates isn't able to give copies of Factfulness to graduates outside of the U.S., he announced in April that the book's publisher Flatiron Books would be donating 5,000 copies to the organizations Books for Africa and Reader to Reader, which "encourage reading in underserved communities."

Time points out that as many as 3.6 million college degrees will be awarded in the U.S. this year, and if Gates were to cover the cost of the book for every graduate, it would come to nearly $55 million. If you're graduating, you can get your free copy here.

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