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A heartfelt, deeply personal book, Showing Up for Life shines a bright light on the values and principles that Bill Gates Sr. has learned over a lifetime of "showing up" - lessons that he learned growing up in the Great Depression, and which he instilled in his children and continues to practice on the world stage as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Through the course of several dozen narratives arranged in roughly chronological fashion, Gates introduces the people and experiences that influenced his thinking and guided his moral compass. Among them: the scoutmaster who taught him about teamwork and self reliance and his famous son, whose curiosity and passion for computers and software led him to ultimately co-found Microsoft. Through revealing stories of his daughters, Kristi and Libby; his late wife, Mary, and his current wife, Mimi; and his work with Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter, among others, he discusses the importance of hard work, getting along, honoring a confidence, speaking out, and much more.

Showing Up for Life translates one man's experiences over four score years of living into an inspiring road map for readers everywhere.

As Bill Gates Sr. puts it: "I'm 83 years old. Representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and everyone who is a part of it has given me the opportunity to see more of the world and its rich possibilities than most people ever do. I never imagined that I'd be working this late in life, or enjoying it so much."

©2009 Bill Gates; (P)2009 Random House

Critic Reviews

"Bill Senior is as wise as his son is brilliant. I've learned a lot from both of them and believe everyone can benefit from the insights Bill Senior shares in this book." (Warren Buffett)
"Bill Gates Sr. is a wonderful example of what it means to be a global citizen, teaching us how we can work together for a more just and fair society." (Jimmy Carter)
"Bill Gates Sr. does more than just show up in this charming and instructive guide to a good life. He shares lessons learned as a husband, a father, a lawyer, a philanthropist and a citizen. Showing up for life is a gift of great value." (Tom Brokaw)

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Inspiring listening

Inspiring to see how few people are about to change the world for better. Great suited narrator with easy listening. Strongly recommend this program.

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This is good stuff. Mr Gates points out the things all of us know or should know but forget about while being caught up in life.

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  • Andy
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  • 05-16-09

some helpful nuggets

It's interesting to hear some thoughts directly from the father of the man responsible for Microsoft. Just another example of how good values make the world a better place.

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