How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book)

3.99 avg rating
( 9,483 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780671212094: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book)

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

How to Read a Book, originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated.
You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them -- from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading, you learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. You are taught the different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science.
Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests whereby you can measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension and speed.

About the Author:

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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by Touchstone (1972)
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone, 1972. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Publisher's Return. Multiple copies are available. Bookseller Inventory # 1303290004

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by SIMON SCHUSTER, United States (1986)
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description SIMON SCHUSTER, United States, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised and Updated ed.. 208 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780671212094

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by SIMON SCHUSTER, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Paperback Quantity Available: 9
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description SIMON SCHUSTER, United States, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised and Updated ed.. 208 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780671212094

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by Simon and Schuster
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon and Schuster. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0671212095

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by Touchstone Books (1972)
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Commerce, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone Books, 1972. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VS-9780671212094

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.41
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by Touchstone 1972|NU-GRD-04726183 (1972)
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone 1972|NU-GRD-04726183, 1972. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 9780671212094. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-04726183

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.71
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by Touchstone
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Movie Mars
(Indian Trail, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Touchstone. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0671212095 Brand New Book. Ships from the United States. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee!. Bookseller Inventory # 4273101

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by Simon and Schuster (1986)
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon and Schuster, 1986. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780671212094

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
LittleCity Books
(Batavia, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. We have Multiple Copies Available!!!! The item is New, Crisp, Clean and Tight! This item has minor shelf rub Beautiful book - this would be a wonderful Gift! Paperback **YOUR PURCHASE HELPS SUPPORT LITTLE CITY FOUNDATION, A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.**. Bookseller Inventory # 1BXEMT00007T

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Charles Van Doren; Mortimer J. Adler
Published by Simon & Schuster (1972)
ISBN 10: 0671212095 ISBN 13: 9780671212094
New Softcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BookVistas
(New Delhi, DELHI, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1972. Softcover. Book Condition: New. 5th or later edition. Summary Of The Book How to Read a Book is the quintessential tome that introduces the whole concept of reading. One that teaches comprehension of different genres in reading including science, fiction, poetry and even history, the book has become a rare classic over the years. How to Read a Book tells general readers everything they need to know about reading from elementary and basic reading to a methodical skimming to inspectional reading to browsing or reading with speed. The reader will know exactly what it is to pigeonhole a text, X-ray a book, gather the author`s general message and finally even criticise the book. It also covers the various techniques of reading for an assortment of books ranging from imaginative books, practical literature, poetry, plays, science and mathematics, history, social science and philosophy. How to Read a Book is essentially divided into four parts. The first section called the Activity of Reading explains whom a book targets and what the many classes of reading are. This section presents an argument about reading great books and also an explanation regarding the intention of writing this book. The second part is about The Third Level of Reading which is known as Analytical Reading. Here, the authors explain the methodology that goes into reading non-fiction. The book classifies the approaches to reading into three sections -- interpretative, critical and structural. The explanation to these is in part three of the book and is called the ?Approaches to Different Kinds of Reading Matter? The focus is on dealing with approaches to reading fiction and poetry. This part also throws light on the method of approaching good books with many examples. The fourth part of How to Read a Book is titled the Ultimate Goals of Reading and addresses syntopical reading and the benefits of this kind of reading. Originally published in 1940, How to Read a Book, was revised in 1970. Considered one of the most successful guides and the bestselling books on reading comprehension, at the end of book the authors offer a suggested reading list. The book is also accompanied with reading tests where readers can measure their progress in reading skills, speed and comprehension. Printed Pages: 426. Bookseller Inventory # 102920

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.24
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book