How to Read a Book, Revised   -     By: Mortimer Jerome Adler, Charles Van Doren
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How to Read a Book, Revised

Touchstone / 1972 / Paperback

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Originally published in 1940, Adler's living classic has now been updated. This respected guide to reading comprehension takes you through the processes of skimming; summarizing content; criticizing an author's writing fairly; and using different techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science, mathematics, philosophy, and social science. Ideal for high schoolers and college-bound students! 426 pages, softcover from Touchstone.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 426
Vendor: Touchstone
Publication Date: 1972
Dimensions: 5 1/4 X 8 1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0671212095
ISBN-13: 9780671212094
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's 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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"These four hundred pages are packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook."
"It shows concretely how the serious work of proper reading may be accomplished and how much it may yield in the way of instruction and delight."

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This book has profound insights.
    June 26, 2012
    Ronald
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
  2. Quebec, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the Most Important Books I've ever read.
    February 15, 2012
    Canuck
    Quebec, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 curiosity, and was intrigued by the description and reviews. I eventually decided to purchase it. My sole regret is not having purchased it sooner.

    The author divides reading into four levels, and basically teaches the reader how to X-ray a book. Excellently written, I consider this book to be *invaluable* for working people and students alike.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Increases understanding of books.
    October 11, 2010
    jeroboam v
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    I read a chapter in college a professor recommended back in 1983. It helped me grasp the most diffcult of text books in any subject--even the ones I didn't enjoy. Subjects and authors came alive and helped me find shape in the void.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 23, 2009
    Joseph Amen Obazee
    If anyone here really wants to be an addicted reader and that loves reading to elevate his mind from understanding less to understanding more by merely using the power of your minds operation, then this book is for you. I promise, that you will be able to take on any readable matter personally without any external help after reading this book thoroughly. You will learn so much from this book.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 7, 2007
    Alan Benger
    This is excellent for improving reading skills. All high school students should go through this and adopt its recommendations.
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