How to Read a Book
Simon and Schuster, May 10, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 426 pages
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
Stages of Learning to Read 24 Stages and Levels
Systematic Skimming or Pre
How to Be a Demanding Reader
The Importance of Classifying Books 60 What
Stating the Unity of a Book 78
The Reciprocal Arts of Reading and Writ
How to Read Imaginative Literature
Suggestions for Reading Stories Plays and Poems
How to Read History
How to Read Science and Mathematics
How to Read Philosophy
How to Read Social Science
Words vs Terms 96 Finding the Key Words 100
Technical Words and Special Vocabularies 103 Find
Determining an Authors Message
Sentences vs Propositions 117 Finding the Key Sen
Agreeing or Disagreeing with an Author
Aids to Reading