English Grammar and Usage - highly recommended for our Great Books Program students.
How to Read a Book, 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 systemic 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 mathematics, philosophy and social science. Finally the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests whereby you can measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension and speed.
Synopsis: Bad reading habits, not lack of intelligence, make many books difficult to read. This book gives a step-by-step guide to eliminate these bad habits. It can make almost anyone of average intelligence a better reader and learner. This book gives you tools to improve your: reading, writing, reasoning, and comprehension. While this work is difficult, I have made every effort to simply its contents. Primarily, I have written this work for classroom use, with a teacher's help. But I have also organized it for use in seminar discussions and personal study.
Contents: Acknowledgments. Forward. Introduction. ONE Learning, Tools, Books and Philosophical Reading. TWO The Skill of Philosophical Reading. THREE General Kinds of Books and Kinds of Reading. FOUR Philosophical Reading and Definitions. FIVE Three Rules for "Philosophically Reading" any Book. SIX A Book's General Outline. SEVEN Philosophically Reading Theoretical Matters. EIGHT Philosophically Reading Matters of Measurement. NINE Philosophically Reading Practical Matters. TEN Philosophically Reading Matters of Imaginable Experience. ELEVEN Philosophically Reading Mixed Matters. Conclusion. Questions for Study and Discussion. Notes.