How to Read a Book

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Simon and Schuster, 1972 - 426 pagine
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.

A CNN Book of the Week: “Explains not just why we should read books, but how we should read them. It's masterfully done.” –Farheed Zakaria

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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Some books take no extra skills to read--all of their benefits are on the surface waiting for you. Others hide their treasures below the surface and you have to go after them like a deep sea diver ... Leggi recensione completa

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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
vii
362
Index
419
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Informazioni sull'autore (1972)

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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