How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

By Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
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15.43 Hours 01/01/1997 unabridged
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How to Read a Book, first published in 1940, is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader—a living classic. Now it has been completely rewritten and updated. This book will teach you about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them, from elementary reading and systematic skimming to inspectional reading and speed-reading. Learn how to pigeonhole a book, x-ray it, extract the author’s message, and criticize. The authors offer different reading techniques for various types of books, and finally, a recommended reading list and reading tests for measuring your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

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Summary

Summary

How to Read a Book, first published in 1940, is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader—a living classic. Now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

This book will teach you about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them, from elementary reading and systematic skimming to inspectional reading and speed-reading. Learn how to pigeonhole a book, x-ray it, extract the author’s message, and criticize. The authors offer different reading techniques for various types of books, and finally, a recommended reading list and reading tests for measuring your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This newly revised classic guide to reading comprehension for the general reader offers various techniques for improving and measuring your progress in reading skill, comprehension, and speed.” New Yorker
“Packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook.” Jacques Barzun, scholar and historian

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Author Bio: Mortimer J. Adler

Mortimer J. Adler (1902–2001), an American philosopher, educator, and popular author, served as the chairman of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s board of editors, was the founder and director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and was an honorary trustee and founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He authored the well-known How to Read a Book and the intellectual autobiography Philosopher at Large and was coeditor, with Charles Van Doren, of Great Treasury of Western Thought, declared the Reference Book of 1977 by the American Library Association.

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Author Bio: Charles Van Doren

Charles Van Doren is an American intellectual, writer, and editor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and went on to earn a master’s in astrophysics and a doctorate in English from Columbia University, where he later taught English. He is also the author of A History of Knowledge.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 15.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English