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The Speed Reading Book [Paperback]

by Tony Buzan
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May 8, 2003 056348702X 978-0563487029
Tony's innovative approach to this subject makes speed reading easy to understand, enabling you to apply it immediately to all aspects of your life. It's fun as well! An ideal tool for students, teachers, executives indeed, anyone eager to improve the speed, comprehension and quality of their reading. Speed Reading makes it easy to: *Think faster and more creatively *Make better notes *Pass exams with relative ease *Study more successfully *Save days, weeks even months of your time


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'The Speed Reading Book is an absolute requirement for anyone with a desire to read and learn more efficiently'. "Sean Adam, World Speed Reading Record Holder"

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Tony’s innovative approach to this subject makes speed reading easy to understand, enabling you to apply it immediately to all aspects of your life. It’s fun as well! An ideal tool for students, teachers, executives – indeed, anyone eager to improve the speed, comprehension and quality of their reading.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Active (May 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056348702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563487029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tony Buzan is the world-renowned inventor of Mind Maps and the multi-million copy bestselling author of Head First, Head Strong and The Mind Map Book. He appears regularly on television and lectures all over the world. His work has been published in 100 countries and 30 languages.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Get an audio program in addition to this book April 8, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book consists of history and the new developments of speed reading, self tests and exercises, mixed with short essays on physiologic aspects of reading, like left and right cortical research, the number of brain cells and their interconnections, the anatomy of eyes (including the cross-section), control of eye movements t to increase the speed and comprehension of reading (with diagrams of eyes' progression while reading).

The author addressed the common reading problems: subvocalization, finger-pointing, regression and back-skipping, and presents the new approaches to overcoming them. He gives practical advises on improving your concentration and increasing your comprehension. Much attention is given to developing advanced skimming and scanning techniques, range reading skills, metronome training.

The book finishes with tips on getting control of different kinds of text: the newspapers, literature and poetry.

In addition to this book, I can recommend exercising with a speed reading audio program, that should be listened while reading. I can suggest "The Speed Reading 16-Minute Audio Program" which I have personally used.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By D. Liu
Format:Paperback
Upon opening the book you will find a short list of accomplishments by the author that include having a black belt in martial arts, awards for poetry composition, and experience "consulting and advising" the governments of England, Singapore, Mexico, etc. He is also a global personality and has been seen and heard by over 3 billion people (do you, like me, belong to the other half of the planet?), and apparently too, an Olympic coach.

The book then leads through several chapters of somewhat interesting, easy-to-swallow "facts" and stories about speed reading and the promises it holds, such as being able to read texts at 1000 wpm, about 17 words a second, without much sacrificing comprehension. Oh it is certainly possible, but not everyone read to forget. There was too, a diagnostic test along with several passages and a mix of short random pieces of info, from which you learn neat tidbits about the author's other revolutionary ideas and Trademarks, such as Mind Mapping, and Mastering Memory.

If you continue reading beyond the initial chapters, you will eventually find some useful information, tips, methods on speed reading. These can best be summarized by the titles they carry: "Your Amazing Eyes", "Super Concentration and Comprehension", "Advanced Use of Your Eye/Brain Systems" - impressive stuff. Such useful information are sprinkled like raisins in a box of raisin bran - tasty, but not enough to make you eat it with all the unpalatable bran. Compared to all the other speed reading books, the ones that let you use your own material, that make use of drills and gives you tips in a straightforward and unembellished way, this is a poor investment of your money and time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Build a foundation for super learning with this book! November 15, 2011
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Tony Buzan's legacy as the world's authority on how to make your brain work better for you is fully demonstrated in this work. There are many techniques in this book which serve as the foundation for other programs on learning how to learn better! He has paved the way for all who followed. The greatest aspect of this work is the myriad of exercises which help us to experience how the brain learns better and faster. By engaging in all these exercises we can train our minds to work more efficiently. Take the time to read the book, do the exercises, and reap the benefits!
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