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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic
How many other "How-To" books originally published in 1940 still pertain today? This books offers practical suggestions on getting the most out of a book, by reading more actively and attentively than you ever thought possible. The book does not suffer from the most common complaint of other practical books; you don't even need to set the book down in order to...
Published on 9 Dec. 1997

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2.0 out of 5 stars I have to disagree, this book is repetitive and of little worth
I'm going to have to disagree with the other reviewers of this book, the first 1/2 of the book is just terrible arrogant repetitive drivel. The book only gets moderately interesting in the second half.

The first two sections talk about the various levels of reading, split into 4 distinct levels: Elementary, Inspectional, Analytical and finally Syntopical...
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4.0 out of 5 stars More slow-cooker than stir-fry!, 21 Sept. 2014
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Hard going, but very profound. Best read about 1/2 chapter a week! I think the best point is made early in the book: most people these days don't ever push themselves beyond the early-teens' level of reading. To go beyond this, you have to start soaking in a book, and Adler suggests myriad ways of plumbing the depths -- all slow, methodical, a bit reminiscent of the earlier days in which he wrote this (1940s).

I have it on Kindle and would suggest this isn't the best way to read a book like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent book, 20 Jan. 2014
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appears more like guide to thinking. Read several times already.
Can't recommend enough.
This is one of the kind.

Buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful!, 11 Feb. 2012
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If you never were told how to skim read or pull apart a book so that you can quickly find the information you need then buy this. Also useful if you're about to go off to college or uni for the first time, or even moving on after years of being out of the student world and want to go back to do a Masters, etc.

It will save you time and effort in the long run, especially if you're a bit paranoid about your reading skill.

Explains many different things regarding comprehension and ways to conquer it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 9 Feb. 2011
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It is a superb book which gives you a deeper understand of how to gain an understanding from a book, and it can help to develop a low l;evel reader to a higher level. a great manual which is very useful for anyone interesteed in improving their skill of reading, i would reccomend it to all and evn recomend it to be put in syllabusses for schools as our children nowadays are suffering from the disease of not being able to read well. we are widely read but not ver well read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful to read, no matter how old you are!, 27 Nov. 2013
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Useful to read, no matter how old you are! Read it carefully and you will know that most of your reading habits are wrong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 22 Feb. 2015
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Priceless book as it really is a gateway to the unlimited knowledge that all books provide.
This book really helped me see a different side to reading by giving great insights and tips to help further your reading ... the book will help you learn to better utilise the books that you do read and will improve your recall of all consumed books going forward
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend to people to read, 3 April 2012
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This book gives us insights into the subtleties that dwells within the 'reading world' as it were. The exciting new edition introduces an interesting fourth level of reading that is not found in the first edition. A must read for those who are interested in the 'art' of reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 4 Nov. 2014
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Highly recommended, opens your eyes to things that you have always ignored while doing serious reading for understanding and insight.
The Rule provided present a system for improved reading..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Feb. 2014
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Highly recommended for college/ university students. It will change your studying approach. Highly beneficial and will assist you in using books to enhance your knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 9 Aug. 2013
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Read this then read your other books you will never view them the same again

But if you watch the DVD you will enjoy it more and learn more from your books
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How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book) by Charles Lincoln Van Doren (Paperback - 1 Jan. 1972)
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