How to Read a Book (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 10, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 426 pages
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With half a million copies in print, How to Read a Book is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material.

Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text.

Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works.

Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.
  

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This book has profound insights.

User Review  - Ronald - Christianbook.com

This classic by Adler and Van Doren continues to remain relevant and to inform us how to read more effectively and fruitfully. Well worth the money and the time. Read full review

One of the Most Important Books I've ever read.

User Review  - Canuck - Christianbook.com

I had heard of this book when I was young, and remember thinking it was a silly idea, reading a book on how to read a book. More recently, I stumbled upon it, half by accident, half by simple ... Read full review

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Contents

Reading
14
Higher Levels of Reading and Higher Education
28
Superficial Read
41
How to Be a Demanding Reader
45
PART
57
The Importance of Classifying Books 60 What
70
Stating the Unity of a Book 78
78
The Reciprocal Arts of Reading and Writ
94
PART THREE
189
How to Read Imaginative Literature
203
Suggestions for Reading Stories Plays and Poems
215
How to Read History
234
How to Read Science and Mathematics
255
How to Bead Philosophy
270
How to Read Social Science
296
PART FOUR
305

Words vs Terms 96 Finding the Key Words 100
100
Technical Words and Special Vocabularies 103 Find
106
Determining an Authors Message
114
Sentences vs Propositions 117 Finding the Key Sen
136
Aids to Reading
168
Reading and the Growth of the Mind
337
Appendix A A Recommended Reading List
347
Appendix B Exercises and Tests at the Four Levels
363
Index
421
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About the author (2011)

Dr. Mortimer J. Adler was Chairman of the Board of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, Honorary Trustee of the Aspen Institute, and authored more than fifty books. He died in 2001.

Dr. Charles Van Doren earned advanced degrees in both literature and mathematics from Columbia University, where he later taught English and was the Assistant Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research. He also worked for Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago.

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