How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book Cover

How to Read a Book

By Mortimer J. Adler; Charles Van Doren

Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780671212094, 426pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 1972

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.

Praise For How to Read a Book

Jacques Barzun

These four hundred pages are packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to over-look.

The New Yorker

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.