‘How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading’
By Mortimer J. Adler (Author), Charles Van Doren (Author)
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.
‘These four hundred pages are packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook.’
‘It shows concretely how the serious work of proper reading may be accomplished and how much it may yield in the way of instruction and delight.
(The New Yorker)
‘'There is the book; and here is your mind.' Adler and Van Doren's suggestions on how to connect the two will make you nostalgic for a slower, more earnest, less trivial time.’