Gates' review: "In the end, I Contain Multitudes is a healthy corrective. Yong succeeds in his intention to give us a “grander view of life” and does so without falling prey to grand, unifying explanations that are far too simplistic."
Gates' review: "When Melinda recommended the book to me, she said, “It’s different from most of the books you read.” And that’s true—but part of the reason for that is that it’s different from most books."
Gates' review: "Harari’s new book is as challenging and readable as Sapiens. Rather than looking back, as Sapiens does, it looks to the future. I don’t agree with everything the author has to say, but he has written a thoughtful look at what may be in store for humanity."
Gates' review: "Through deeply personal stories like these, Hillbilly Elegy sheds light our nation’s vast cultural divide—a topic that has become far more relevant than Vance ever dreamed when he was writing this book."
Gates' review: "A Full Life feels timely in an era when the public’s confidence in national political figures and institutions is low. It is true that President Carter made unforced errors during his time in office. But when you read this book and have a chance to meet him in person, you can’t help but conclude that Carter is a brave, thoughtful, disciplined leader who understands the world at a remarkable level and who has improved the lives of billions of people through his advocacy for human rights and global health."
After THR's Tatiana Siegel told Drake that she was reading the series to her children, the rapper, "as if to talk himself into the purchase" of the rare book, responded, "I should get it. My birthday's coming up. Maybe I'll buy it for myself as a treat."
While THR lists the book as "Sorcerer's Stone," the first edition he's chasing is more likely one of the rare first hard-cover printings of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (the UK title), which the UK publisher Bloomsbury printed just 500 copies of in 1997.
Nonetheless, the purchase would not make much of a dent on Drake's fortune.