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How to Read a Book (A Touchstone book) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Van Doren , Mortimer J. Adler
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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Meyer sets out to integrate the war's discrete elements into a single work of popular history and delivers a worthy counterpoint to Hew Strachan's magisterial three-volume scholarly project, The First World War. A journalist and author (Executive Blues), Meyer doesn't offer original synthesis or analysis, but he does bring a clear, economical style to the war's beginnings; the gridlock produced by the successes and failures of both sides; the divided military and political counsels that hobbled efforts at resolving operational and diplomatic stalemates; and above all the constant carnage, on a scale that staggers the imagination. Meyer provides brief, useful background on subjects from the Armenian genocide to the Alsace-Lorraine question—topics he considers crucial to an understanding of the war, but too cursorily explained in most popular histories. Correspondingly, he blends "foreground, background, and sidelights" to highlight the complex interactions of apparently unconnected events behind the four-year catastrophic war that destroyed a world and defined a century. Constructing a readable, coherent text in that format is a demanding challenge, accomplished with brio. (May 30)
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From Booklist

One only has to look at a few of today's "hotspots" (the Balkans and the Middle East) to realize that World War I's effects remain a determining factor in international relations. It may seem impossible to write an "intimate" account of such a global catastrophe, but Meyer has succeeded in doing just that: a masterful narrative history that eloquently conveys the sense of a civilization engaged in massive self-destruction, while its leaders, blinded by hubris, nationalism, or outright ignorance, led the charge. Although Meyer pays ample attention to the broad themes of causation and military strategies, he consistently reminds us that the war was a compilation of millions of individual tragedies. He captures the horror and futility of trench warfare, the slaughter at Gallipoli, and the genocide of Armenians as experienced by those who were there. Meyer also offers interesting and controversial insights into the motivations of many of the key participants. This is an outstanding survey of a cataclysm that still casts a shadow over world affairs. Jay Freeman
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A MUST share and MUST have resource 19. April 1999
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I work in the computer field and constantly need to keep up with the latest technology by reading technical manuals and periodicals. How to Read a Book has given me a sound approach and blueprint to follow as I read these technical documents.
This book is truly a MUST have for everyone of all disciplines.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen And yet another 5 star review 15. Dezember 1998
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That book is right here on my shelf beside my desk, and there is a reason for it. Who ever is interested in speedreading or rapid reading shouldn't bother buying it, neither is this a book that could be read fast nor does it teach how to do so. A statement from Francis Bacon, found in this book reads as follows: "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested." So if you found a book which is worth to be digested, using speedreading or normal reading skills, "How to Read a Book" is the book to refer to, to get the most out of the few books which are actually worthwhile reading. A must for everyone who claims himself literate.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen From the dustjacket-- 29. Mai 1996
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From the back cover--

Originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them--from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. You learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. You are taught the different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathmatics, philosophy and social science.

Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supplu reading tests whereby you can measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension and speed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Changed My Life 3. Juli 2000
I know that the title of this review may seem over the top but this little work has in fact changed my life. A friend of mine recommended this book during my first year of college. I had been struggling through my literature and history classes, bogged down with reading. In the book Mr. Adler taught me what it means to really read and listen and to extract meaning from a work. I have applied my reading skills not only to books but also my relationships. My GPA rose a full point after reading this and my critical listening skills were greatly enhanced. The book may seem a bit dry at first but it is well worth reading. Every high school student should have a copy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you like to learn, you'll love this book. 23. November 1999
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I originally bought a copy of this book in a used bookstore because the title amused me. When I began reading it, I realized I had made a real find. This book teaches the reader how to think critically about a book, so that a real understanding can be gained. It outlines a series of steps that if practiced will lead to a greater understanding of a book's meaning than the methods usually taught in today's schools. I wish it hadn't taken me as long as it did to find this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to increase their ability to learn and understand any subject at all.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Has Changed The Way I Read 4. Juni 1999
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Frankly, though I have been a book reader for many years, I can say that I have always been reading the "wrong kinds" of books until I read this book. It has helped me to widen my scope in readings as well as expanding my mind! It is a must have and more important a must read book. Highly Recommended. It will forever change the way you read and your reading life will never be the same again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen better than school? 8. Januar 2000
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If you want to learn how to read well, this is a good start. You might think it's absurd for a literate person not to be able to read well, but this book is filled with insights that, although they are all common sense, they are the type of common sense we tend to overlook. If you think many books are too difficult for you, this book will explain that that is exactly why you must read it. If you want to learn how to form your own opinions on important works of literature in any field, this book teaches you the art of critique. However, I applaud this book not only because it is good instruction for those who want to become better readers. It also explains *why* we must become better readers. The person who wants to read for "understanding," and not just "knowledge" or "enjoyment," will appreciate this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You'll never read a book the same way again 13. Juni 1998
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I purchased this book many years ago. My wife thought I was crazy to buy a "How to" book on reading. This book truly changed the way I read (and think). I can no longer sit down with a serious book without having a pen in hand to write down comments and questions as I go.
This book should be mandatory reading for all high school students and for all education professionals.
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