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How to Read a Book (Digital Audiobook)

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

By Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren, Edward Holland (Narrator)

Publication Date: October 11, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/15/1972)
Hardcover (9/30/2014)


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. Audiences 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.