How to Read A Book

How to Read A Book

Book - 1972 | Rev. and updated ed.
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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: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1972].
Edition: Rev. and updated ed.
ISBN: 9780671212094
Branch Call Number: 028 A237a
Characteristics: xiii, 426 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Van Doren, Charles Lincoln 1926-


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Its a difficult book to read, I read it for English in 8th grade over a period of four weeks, I didn't enjoyed it that much. I wouldn't recommend to everyone, but if you want to read an overly complicated book about Analytical and Syntopical reading go ahead.

May 28, 2018

The antiquated language was not worth plowing through it. I agree, it is outdated.

Jul 17, 2017

This book is my favourite classic guide to efficient and effective reading!
It was full of helpful tips, and taught me how to become a better and stronger reader. I love this book and the author makes everything very precise and clear to understand. I have re-read How To Read a Book countless times and always learn so much more from it!

Jan 18, 2015

Another classic book on speed reading, comprehension.

Oct 09, 2012

Analytical thinkers will appreciate this approach to being "well read".

Dec 30, 2010



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wooknight Apr 25, 2011

This book provides a detailed blueprint to get the most out of a book .This is probably one of the most influential books that I have read.

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