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How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor: A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, and Everything in Between Kindle Edition
The New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor uses the same skills to teach how to access accurate information in a rapidly changing 24/7 news cycle and become better readers, thinkers, and consumers of media.
We live in an information age, but it is increasingly difficult to know which information to trust. Fake news is rampant in mass media, stoked by foreign powers wishing to disrupt a democratic society. We need to be more perceptive, more critical, and more judicious readers. The future of our republic may depend on it.
How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor is more careful, more attentive, more aware reading. On bookstore shelves, one book looks as authoritative as the next. Online, posts and memes don’t announce their relative veracity. It is up to readers to establish how accurate, how thorough, how fair material may be.
After laying out general principles of reading nonfiction, How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor offers advice for specific reading strategies in various genres from histories and biographies to science and technology to social media. Throughout, the emphasis will be on understanding writers’ biases, interrogating claims, analyzing arguments, remaining wary of broad assertions and easy answers, and thinking critically about the written and spoken materials readers encounter. We can become better citizens through better reading, and the time for that is now.
About the Author
Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and Reading the Silver Screen, is professor emeritus of English at the University of Michigan, Flint, where he taught classes in contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as creative writing and freelance writing. He is also the author of several books on 20th-century British and Irish literature and poetry.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07WZFBWW1
- Publisher : Harper Perennial (May 26, 2020)
- Publication date : May 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3782 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 339 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #367,394 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thomas Foster's "How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor" is an unbelievably frustrating read, with most of the book being full of his political opinions that are out of place for what this book is marketed as. I had purchased this book with the hopes of gaining insights into more effective ways to read nonfiction, but any effective advice is rare and miniscule. While some of his tips for reading nonfiction are helpful, they are nothing that you would not find in a high school english class.
Foster's preachy and unnecessary political opinions make up a majority of this book, and it poisons the pages and sickens the reader to the point that finishing this book feels like a weight has been lifted off one's shoulders. This book does not deserve anywhere near the praise it deserves, for it wastes the reader's time and money to deliver cheap literary advice in between pages upon pages of political padding.
The second step is ts get a second book…