How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

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Simon and Schuster, 30 set 2014 - 448 pagine
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With more than half a million paperback copies in print and now in this stunning hardcover keepsake edition, How to Read a Book is the classic and definitive guide to reading comprehension for students of literature, scholars across disciplines, and anyone who just loves to read.

Originally written in 1940 and first published by Simon & Schuster in 1972, How to Read a Book introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them in order to gain the most understanding and insight from any book. From elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading and beyond, readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” perceive structure no matter the prose, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text.

Also included are specific reading techniques that work best for reading particular genres, whether they be practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy, or social science works. A recommended reading list and multiple comprehension tests are incorporated as well in order to measure progress in reading skills, speed, and understanding.

As poignant and applicable today as it was nearly seventy-five years ago, this beautiful hardcover edition is the perfect way to rediscover How to Read a Book, the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension.
 

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This book deserves a detailed review but, I think the best review I could give it is this: Oh how I wish I had read this when I was 18! Highly recommended. Leggi recensione completa

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The information was good, but it was obvious that it was written in a time when people were more patient in the way information was presented. It was really dry and I couldn't stay focused on what I was reading. Leggi recensione completa

Indice

The Activity and Art of Reading
3
The Levels of Reading
16
Inspectional Reading
31
How to Be a Demanding Reader
45
Pigeonholing a Book
59
Coming to Terms with an Author
96
Determining an Authors Message
113
Criticizing a Book Fairly
136
Suggestions for Reading Stories Plays and Poems
210
How to Read History
229
How to Read Science and Mathematics
249
How to Read Philosophy
264
How to Read Social Science
289
Syntopical Reading
301
Reading and the Growth of the Mind
328
Appendix A A Recommended Reading List
337

Agreeing or Disagreeing with an Author
150
Aids to Reading
166
How to Read Practical Books
187
How to Read Imaginative Literature
198
Appendix B Exercises and Tests at the Four Levels
355
Index
419
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Informazioni sull'autore (2014)

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.

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