How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren (paperback)

How_To_Read_A_BookHow to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren

Paperback: 426 pages

Publisher: Touchstone; Revised edition (August 15, 1972)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0671212095

ISBN-13: 978-0671212094

 

 

 

Summary:

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.

 

Book Reviews:

How to Read a Book – Jeremy Anderberg

“1. Open book.

2. Read words.

3. Close book.

4. Move on to next book.

Reading a book seems like a pretty straightforward task, doesn’t it? And in some cases, it is. If you’re reading purely for entertainment or leisure, it certainly can be that easy. There’s another kind of reading, though, in which we at least attempt to glean something of value from the book in our hands (whether in paper or tablet form). In that instance, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not as simple as opening the book and reading the words.” read more…

 

How to Read a Book: The Rules for Analytical Reading – Justin Taylor

Listen to Our Discussions of This Book

Listen to Our Discussions of This Book

“Last night I pulled off my shelf Mortimer Adler’s classic, How to Read a Book. It’s been several years since I worked through the book, but a review of the underlining and written notes testify to how much it influenced me. I’ll share in a separate post a particular section that has marked me indelibly.” read more…

 

How to Read a Book – Bob Passantino

“When I first read the title of Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book, I wondered what book I needed to read to learn how to read How to Read a Book! All kidding aside, far from teaching basic reading skills, Adler was, instead, interested in helping people learn how to get the most out of what they read and how to know in advance how helpful a given book will be. As book review editor, I regularly follow Adler’s advice.” read more…

[Repost] CCF Episode Eleven: The Dimensions of Reading (Part One)

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Taking a break this week, we decided to repost a classic episode from, you know… before. Enjoy!

In this episode, Billy and JD are joined by Pastor Jason Delgado, Junior “Big Dippa” Duran, and Jack DiMarco for Part One of a discussion of “The Dimensions of Reading” from How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. Featuring music by The Cootees and Anne Akiko Meyers as well as excerpt audio from Brian Regan and Alfred Hitchcock.

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The book we read:

How_To_Read_A_Book

 

How to Read a Book
by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren

We’d love your participation. Contact us with your comments and questions about the book’s contents:

CCF Episode Fifteen: Analytic Reading

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In this episode, Billy and JD sit down with Pastor Jason Delgado, Jack DiMarco, and Mike King to discuss Part Two of How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. Featuring music from The Followers. Also featuring an audio excerpt by D. James Kennedy from “Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism” (DVD) by the Nicene Council.

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Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism

The book we’re reading:

How_To_Read_A_Book

 

How to Read a Book
by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren

We’d love your participation. Contact us with your comments and questions about the books contents:

CCF Episode Twelve: Dimensions of Reading (Part Two)

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In this episode, Billy and JD are joined by Pastor Jason Delgado, Junior “Big Dippa” Duran, and Jack DiMarco for Part Two of a discussion of “The Dimensions of Reading” from How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. Featuring music by Between the Lions and Chris Stapleton.

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The book we’re reading:

How_To_Read_A_Book

 

How to Read a Book
by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren

And starting next week…

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Covenant Theology: From Adam to Christ
by Nehemiah Coxe and John Owen

We’d love your participation. Contact us with your comments and questions about the books contents:

CCF Episode Eleven: The Dimensions of Reading (Part One)

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In this episode, Billy and JD are joined by Pastor Jason Delgado, Junior “Big Dippa” Duran, and Jack DiMarco for Part One of a discussion of “The Dimensions of Reading” from How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. Featuring music by The Cootees and Anne Akiko Meyers as well as excerpt audio from Brian Regan and Alfred Hitchcock.

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The book we’re reading:

How_To_Read_A_Book

 

How to Read a Book
by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren

We’d love your participation. Contact us with your comments and questions about the book’s contents:

CCF Episode Ten: Introduction to How to Read a Book

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In this episode, Billy and JD sit down with Pastor Jason Delgado, Junior (The Big Dippa) Duran, Rene Del Rio, and Jack DiMarco to introduce How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler. Featuring music from Mary J. Blige, Bernard HerrmannAlan Menken, and Eisley

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The book we’re reading:

How_To_Read_A_Book

 

How to Read a Book
by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren

We’d love your participation. Contact us with your comments and questions about the book’s contents:

Upcoming Fellowship, 04/15/14

Next Tuesday evening, we will once again be gathering for fellowship and to record the next month’s worth of podcasts. Please contact us if you’d like to join the conversation (figuratively speaking). We will discuss chapters six through eight of How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and start working through Covenant Theology: From Adam to Christ by Nehemiah Coxe and John Owen, so hit us upwith your questions, comments, or observations. Also, we would like to hear feedback from you on our previous episodes. Thanks for listening!

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CCF Episode Nine: How We’ve Chosen and Read Books

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In this episode, JD and Billy sit down with Pastor Jason Delgado to discuss how they choose and read books. Featuring music from Anne Akiko Meyers. Resources mentioned: LibriVox and DealOz.

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The book we’re reading:

How_To_Read_A_Book

 

How to Read a Book
by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren

We’d love your participation. Contact us with your comments and questions about the book’s contents:

Resources for “How to Read a Book”

The following is a comment left on our site in lieu of our forthcoming discussion of Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren’s How to Read a Book:

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Hello,

We are a not-for-profit educational organization founded by Mortimer Adler and we have recently made an exciting discovery—three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos—lively discussing the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

Three hours with Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, lively discussing the art of reading, on one DVD. A must for all readers, libraries and classroom teaching the art of reading.

I cannot exaggerate how instructive these programs are—we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

Please go here to see a clip and learn more:

http://www.thegreatideas.org/HowToReadABook.htm

ISBN: 978-1-61535-311-8

Thank you,

Max Weismann, Co-founder with Dr. Adler