How to Read A Book

How to Read A Book

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Baker & Taylor
Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1972]
Edition: Rev. and updated ed
ISBN: 9780671212803
Characteristics: xiii, 426 p. 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Van Doren, Charles Lincoln 1926-


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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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