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The Speed Reading Book Paperback – May 8, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0563487029 ISBN-10: 056348702X

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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"

About the Author

Tony Buzan is the world's leading authority on the brain and learning. His ground-breaking note-taking technique, Mind Maps, offers a route to improved study and better understanding. His million-copy selling books on the subject have achieved massive success in more than 100 countries and have been translated into 30 languages. He has lectures worldwide and acts as advisor to numerous multi-national companies, governments, leading businesses and international Olympic athletes. He is also President of the Brain Foundation, founder of the Brian Trust Charity, the World Memory Championships and the World Championships of the Brain.

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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: #1,240,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maxim Masiutin on 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 on June 11, 2009
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kavanaugh on 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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