Written by Alyssa Walker

Bill Gates is giving his favorite book to every 2018 graduate. What is it, and how can you get it? 

Hans Rosling's Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, is, according to Gates, "one of the most important books I’ve ever read — an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world."

Rosling was a famous Swedish physician and statistician who gave numerous TED talks. He died last year before his book was published.

His son and daughter-in-law, Ola and Anna Rosling published the book in April, where it opened at number five on the New York Times Best Seller List for hardcover nonfiction. 

Gates no longer wants to focus on the "developing" world, rather he wants to change how we think about it. In his blog, he said, "It’s hard to pick up on progress if you divide the world into rich countries and poor countries. When those are the only two options, you’re more likely to think anyone who doesn’t have a certain quality of life is “poor.”

Rosling's book centers around four income levels that inform how people engage with the world. Gates wants new grads to read it so that they move through the world without judgment--and with a sense of urgency.

When Gates announced his giveaway on his blog, he cited Rosling's passage, which he thinks dovetails perfectly with any recent college graduate's needs: “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,” Rosling wrote.

To get your copy, If you earned an associate’s, bachelor’s, or post-graduate degree this spring, sign up as an "Insider" member of Bill Gates's blog, Gates Notes.  

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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