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"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison's buoyant response to his apparently futile attempts to invent an incandescent light bulb exemplifies one of the landmark enigmas at the heart of this persuasive debut. Its lessons are real, but The Rise is no pedagogical self-help tome. Curator and art historian Sarah Lewis has instead constructed a book that smuggles in its wisdom into fascinating stories. Her subjects span the globe; from an Arctic explorer to an architect, a choreographer, inventors, philosophers, and even a brave former slave and J.K Rowling. One of the best of the month.