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Lego Bill Gates reveals his favorite books of 2014

Bill Gates has transformed from man to Lego to share the best books he read in 2014, including one published in the '60s and one that's not yet released.

Philanthropist and technology guru Bill Gates is back with another version of his favorite books of 2014, and this time he's entrusted a Lego version of himself to deliver the goods. So what did the man who definitely owns a lot of gates enjoy reading in 2014?

Mostly books about business and economics, which Gates mentioned is unsurprising given the prominent role economics played in 2014. The first book on the list is perhaps the most surprising since it was published not in 2014 or even in the 21st century. "Business Adventures" by John Brooks was first published in 1969 and is a collection of New Yorker articles from the '50s and '60s. Gates argues that it's just as relevant today as it was back then, though, and is his favorite business book of all time.

Other of Gates' favorites for 2014 include "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Piketty, "How Asia Works" by Joe Studwell, "The Rosie Effect" by Graeme Simsion and "Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization" by Vaclav Smil.

The video itself is pretty great, using the Lego theme and Lego blocks to give us Gates' synopsis of each of the books and why we should read them. It's easily worth the minute-and-a-half watch, and you can check out the video at the top of this post. Then either go read one or all of the books, or do what I'm intending to do and go play with some Legos for a while.

Lego Bill Gates sits down to talk about his favorite books from 2014. Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET

(Via Mashable)