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How to Read a Book Summary

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How to Read a Book Summary

MicroSummaryHave you read a whole book and then realized you didn’t understand anything? A lot of people have gone through this too! And most of the time, we blame the author, do not we? But the reality is that often, we do not know how to read correctly!

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

In the age of movies and VR, reading is in danger of becoming an outdated habit. But, if you’re anything like us – and since you’re here, we suppose you are – reading is essential to you as eating.

In other words, not a day goes by without you reading a page or two. (A summary like this, perhaps?)

Interestingly enough, today we’ve digested for you a book whose topic is exactly that – reading. So, it may be best if you read this summary twice. The first time to learn how to read it, and the second time to use the acquired technique.

Trust us – you only think you know how to read.

Because, as “How to Read a Book” so eloquently shows – there’s reading and reading.

Who Should Read “How to Read a Book”? And Why?

How to Read a Book” was first published in the beginning of 1940. To the amazement and delight of its then sole author, respected American philosopher Mortimer J. Adler, it quickly became a bestseller.

Thirty-two years later, Mortimer J. Adler used the help of Charles Van Doren to revise and update the original edition. This is the edition we’re summarizing here and the one we’re recommending.

The gist of the book (how to read) is the same, but, so many things are rewritten and added that you could easily treat the 1972 edition as a completely new book with the same title.

And the title says it all:

“How to Read a Book” is a book about those who would like to learn how to read a book. It is a 440-page long guidebook for personal growth. It’s much like a video game cheat code: read it, learn how to read, and read everything else better.

Anyone who wants to achieve personal excellence is advised to read “How to Read a Book”.

About Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

Mortimer J. Adler

Mortimer Jerome Adler (1902 – 2011) was a renowned American philosopher and educator.

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