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Top Authorized and Unauthorized Books on Bill Gates

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Authorized and unauthorized books on Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and the youngest self-made billionaire in history.

1. Barbarians Led by Bill Gates: Microsoft from the Inside

Barbarians Led by Bill Gates
Henry Holt & Co
By Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller - Two insiders wrote this book on the success and sordid details of Microsoft, the daughter of a Microsoft spin doctor and a 13-year veteran Microsoft developer. Read Microsoft's history from the early '80s to the present with juicy bits of gossip and humor, highlights include the Netscape vs. Explorer wars and Microsoft's trial with the Justice Department.
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2. Business the Bill Gates Way

Business the Bill Gates Way
John Wiley & Sons Inc
By Des Dearlove - Learn about the business success secrets of Bill Gates. How Gates the Harvard dropout became one of the richest men in the world. The ten ways Bill Gates succeeded and how you could apply that learning towards your own success. While written as a motivational aid for aspiring entrepreneurs this book provides fascinating biographical insight into Bill Gates as well.
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3. Bill Gates

Bill Gates
Lerner Pub Group
By Jeanne M. Lesinski - Part of the A & E biography series, this book is an easy and entertaining read about the life of Bill Gates. The one hundred pages packed with photos, give an understanding of Gate's life from childhood to his latest charity and brushes with the Justice department. Other books may give more in-depth detail on different issues, however this book gives you a great overview.
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4. Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace

Overdrive
John Wiley & Sons Inc
By James Wallace - Focusing on the years between 1992 and 1997, Wallace captures the browser wars between Microsoft and Netscape like a good spy novel. A time when Bill Gates doubled his net worth, while he did what many experts thought he had missed the opportunity to do - capture the highway to the Internet. A fascinating if somewhat unproven expose of the latter years of Bill Gates’ life.
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5. Business the Speed of Thought:

By Bill Gates - An very expensive and hard to get collector's item, written by Bill Gates himself. Gates gives the hard sell on why new technology is good for business and the need to regard it as an asset rather than an expense. "I have the simple but strong belief," Gates writes. "How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose."
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6. Gates - Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry

By Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews - The story of the youngest self-made billionaire in history and a well-liked book among Bill Gates' fans. Publisher Simon & Schuster says that "Gates" is "Vivid and definitive, details the behind the scenes history of the personal computer industry and its movers and shakers uncovering the inside stories of the bitter battle for control. A bracing, comprehensive portrait of the industry, the company, and the man."
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7. Hard Drive - Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire

By James Wallace and Jim Erickson - An unauthorized biography of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates that details tactics like software programming in Microsoft products that caused non-Microsoft products to fail, Microsoft managers spying on employer email, and allegations of abusive behavior towards female executives. Covers the early history of Bill Gates up to Windows 3.0, continued with the sequel Overdrive.
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8. Bill Gates Speaks

By Janet C. Lowe - Best-selling author, Janet Lowe researched and transcribed the words of Bill Gates from articles, essays, interviews and newscasts to create this one-of-kind authorized biography about Bill Gates. Business Week says, "Bill Gates Speaks" has "...plenty of engrossing material. And, toward the end, we learn about Gates the human being -- who gamely sang, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on national TV at Barbara Walters' bidding."
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9. Bill Gates' Personal, Super-Secret, Private Laptop

By Henry Beard and John Boswell - A funny book about Bill Gates and Microsoft that folds out like a laptop, the left page is the screen and the right is the keyboard. Amazon Books compares it to the classic Mad Magazine satires of the '60s and '70s. Beard and Boswell are well-known parody writers and this book represents their best effort to date.

10. Bill Gates - Billionaire Computer Genius (People to Know)

By Joan D. Dickinson - Reading level: Young Adult – This is a great book for kids interested in the computer age revolution and an unusual find for the younger reader, a biography about Bill Gates and how he became a billionaire that will inspire. It is fun and entertaining for kids, who will love the plentiful black-and-white photographs.
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