- Paperback: 426 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised edition (15 August 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671212095
- ISBN-13: 978-0671212094
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Read a Book Paperback – 15 Aug 1972
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"These four hundred pages are packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook." (Jacques Barzun)
"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." (Anne Fadiman)
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.
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1- Reading books is a good habit.
2- One must read for at least 30 mins a day.
3- Books are man`s best friend. etc
But all these statements were so overused that they lost their importance , this book by Mortimer J Adler et al has done a terrific job in influencing me, they(authors) have not only rejuvenated the above mentioned points but have also described how we can develop the art of smart reading, how we can gain the maximum from our reading etc.
I recommend this book to everyone, be it a casual or a fanatic reader, be it a teen or an octogenarian, be it novice or experienced reader. Thanks for reading. I hope it helps.
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