What are the best must-read books about failure?

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    #1Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs
    Steve Jobs is a biography written by bestselling author of biographies Walter Isaacson based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs himself and hundreds more with those who knew him personally.  
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    Louis Flores
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I would like to think this book one could serve as both an interesting and yet slightly tragic read for some. We all know who Jobs was but perhaps we do not know his complete story. I applaud the efforts put into this. "
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    #2Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    Linchpin: Are You Indispensable by Seth Godin is a self-help, non-fiction book on business and leadership. Learn the power of language in marketing your products without doing the hard-selling.

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    Michael Hall
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book has a lot of great reviews. You should be able to find the information and guidance you need in it."
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    #3Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius

    Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius

    Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius by Marc Seifer tells the biography of Nikola Tesla, the patron saint of modern electricity. Know more than just about his creations, but also on how he battled with failures along the way.

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    Marilyn Guerrero
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I read a lot about success, but you can also learn a lot from your failures. In my search for the best must-read books about failure, I discovered Wizard: The life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genuis and was really pleased to learn about Nikola Tesla and his own failures. Reading this book was truly inspirational and I'm glad to have found it, it really is a must-read!"
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    #4iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

    iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

    iCon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by Jeffrey Young is a non-fiction book that tells the story on the rise behind Apple's success. Discover how did Steve Jobs choose his own battles for success.

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    Brittany Lewis
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "In reading the publisher's description for this book, I found out that Steve Jobs created and lost Pixar. I did not know this! The title of this book refers to Jobs' subsequent rise to power as the leader of Apple computers. This book is advertised as giving an "unflinching" history of Jobs' career. "
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    #5The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
    The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis is a non-fiction book that deals with economics and finance. The uniqueness of this book tackles the conflict between the lower and middle-class Americans.

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    Betty Zhu
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This book is about the failure of the stock market, and the financial crisis of 2008. I would not consider it a book about failure. When I think about books about failure, I think of books about personal failure and how to learn from it. Good enough book, but wrong category."
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    #6Collapse

    Collapse
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jared Diamond. It investigates the various factors that cause societies to fall apart, such as climate change and rapid population growth.
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    Bobby Turner
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I just finished reading Collapse and I found it to be a great read. It was a great approach to the past, present, and future. I look forward to reading more books by Jared Diamond. "
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    #7How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by James Collins is a non-fiction book that tackles the thin line between leadership and business. Unlock the answers to those questions that bother you in achieving success while remaining to be on top.

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    Sharon Hamilton
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "It depends on what kind of "failure" book you're looking for. Are you looking for companies that start and fail and want to know what they did to become successful? Are you looking to read a book about someone's sad life story and that's it? The topic leaves a lot to be interpreted so the solution isn't really a one book fits all."
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    #8Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

    Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul
    Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz is a non-fiction business book about the rise of Starbucks amidst the competition. Learn from the secrets of their success.
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    Matthew Brooks
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "As title states - I am not a huge fanboy of Starbucks, but I do like interesting business stories and this was intriguing. The narrative gives the reader an honest view into the heart of Starbuck's leader Howard Schultz. This is a classic business read ...the author weaves an authentic account of what it takes to turn around a ailing company and restore it to glory.....absolute fascinating! "
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