How to Read a Book by Mortimer Jerome Adler

How to Read a Book

Mortimer Jerome Adler
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  • ISBN
    9780671212094 / 0671212095
  • Title How to Read a Book
  • Author Mortimer Jerome Adler
  • Category Literary Studies: General
    Philosophy
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 1972
  • Pages 426
  • Publisher
    Touchstone Books
  • Imprint Touchstone
  • Edition
    Revised edition
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 171mm x 27mm x 208mm

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“How to Read a Book, ” originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a “living” classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them — from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading, you learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. You are taught the different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science.

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

Publisher Description

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.

Review
“These four hundred pages are packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook.”—Jacques Barzun

Author Biography

Adler was Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and Honorary Trustee of the Aspen Institute.

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