How to Read a Book (A Touchstone Book) Revised Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0671212094
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"These four hundred pages are packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook." (Jacques Barzun )

"It shows concretely how the serious work of proper reading may be accomplished and how much it may yield in the way of instruction and delight." (The New Yorker)

"'There is the book; and here is your mind.' Adler and Van Doren's suggestions on how to connect the two will make you nostalgic for a slower, more earnest, less trivial time." (Anne Fadiman )

About the Author

MORTIMER J. ADLER (1902-2001) served as the chairman of Britannica's Board of Editors, director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and senior associate and founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He authored the well-known How to Read a Book and the intellectual autobiography Philosopher at Large, and was co-editor, with Charles Van Doren, of Great Treasury of Western Thought, declared the reference book of 1977 by the American Library Association.

CHARLES VAN DOREN is an American intellectual and former TV quiz show contestant. Van Doren earned a bachelor's degree from St. John's College and went on to earn a masters in astrophysics and a doctorate in English from Columbia University, where he later taught English.

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  • File Size: 2891 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Revised edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYDAPE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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