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Reading for Survival Paperback – June, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0844405667 ISBN-10: 0844405663 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Library of Congress; 1st edition (June 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844405663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844405667
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When your journey in time is done, read this.
John Bowes
One of my kids showed me this treasure twenty years ago, when he was "made" to read it in high school.
Michael A. Lacombe
Any new words from McGee and Meyer are a treasure found...
Richard A. Inman

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Lacombe on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
One of my kids showed me this treasure twenty years ago, when he was "made" to read it in high school. He was blown away by it, distracted from soccer, girls, beer. I have since purchased perhaps a hundred copies from the Broward County Library in Fort Lauderdale to give to students.

Guard your own copy jealously, and read it once a year.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Bowes on March 25, 2000
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If you have not read John D., don't start here. Find as many of his books as you can and grow, mature and enjoy the journey. Even before Travis McGee, Mac Donald had been recognized as a master. Stephen King, Carl Hiassen and scores of other writers and millions of fans are thankful for the time we spent under his spell. When your journey in time is done, read this. I did not read this until after his death. This essay made me recall the joy his writing could bring. With an economy of language, we are treated to a proof of the value of the well-read. I do miss him. I miss the anticipation of new work. I await the writer who can match his ability to teach something new while relying on the old values.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2000
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For some people this could be a critical book on the journey to learning to love reading. It was that for me when I first read it many years ago.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Way on September 26, 2003
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I have long been a MacDonald fan. Patiently awaiting each new color, and enjoying his other books as well (including the science fiction and westerns). But, as we grow, we sometimes put away old flavors for new.
This past summer ( 2003 ), I began to collect hardbound copies of MacDonald's books as we traveled. I had the distinct pleasure of renewing my acquaintance with McGee and Meyer. In fact, I was surprised but pleasantly appreciative of the curmudgeonly approach of McGee in the 7 books as I re-enjoyed.
Then, a week ago, I stumbled across "Reading for Survival." It appeared as if by magic, complete with autograph. It was wonderful in the logical development, clear and careful arguments and enchanting, realistic Socratic dialog. The little pamphlet clearly presents the need for reading and decries the lack of it in modern society. It presents a possibility for the fanatic activities we have encountered both within and without our country.
I recommend this "broadside" for teachers, voters, and readers. If for no other reason than it offers a considered opinion for a "state" of our society.
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I just finished reading this in one sitting as assigned in a college Creative Writing class. Excellent read, very short. It explains perfectly how and why we as a species are endangering ourselves by choosing to lead illiterate and uneducated lives.
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