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.
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
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.
Mortimer J. Adler was Chairman of the Board of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and Honorary Trustee of the Aspen Institute. He authored more than fifty books.
Jacques Barzun These four hundred pages are packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to over-look.
The New Yorker 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.