Best Leadership Books of All Time

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Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz (2011)

The charismatic billionaire's tale of how he helped Starbucks claw its way back to the top of the java-chain is engrossing on several levels. For one, the hits-and-misses Schultz recounts ring familiar to anyone with even a passing familiarity with the chain (breakfast sandwiches, anyone?) and provide an honest look at the pitfalls of trial and error. Schultz's own rise from a rough Brooklyn childhood to Fortune 500 CEO is a touching backstory.