How to Read a Book (A Touchstone book) by Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren

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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.

Product description


“This newly revised classic guide to reading comprehension for the general reader offers various techniques for improving and measuring your progress in reading skill, comprehension, and speed.”

— “New Yorker”

Packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook.

— “Jacques Barzun, scholar and historian” –This text refers to the Pdf edition.

About the Author

Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001), an American philosopher, educator, and popular author, served as the chairman of Encyclopaedia Britannica‘s board of editors, was the founder and director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and was an honorary trustee and founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He authored the well-known How to Read a Book and the intellectual autobiography Philosopher at Large and was coeditor, with Charles Van Doren, of Great Treasury of Western Thought, declared the Reference Book of 1977 by the American Library Association.

Charles Van Doren is an American intellectual, writer, and editor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and went on to earn a master’s in astrophysics and a doctorate in English from Columbia University, where he later taught English. He is also the author of A History of Knowledge.

Edward Holland is an audiobook narrator whose credits include Confessions of a SpyVietnam, and How to Read a Book.

–This text refers to the Pdf edition.

Product details

  • Format: Pdf Edition
  • File Size: 4.16 MB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Revised edition (10 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English


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