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How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler
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Jul 26, 2011

Mortimer Adler is a pompous snob. This is why I like him. Old Mort (actually he is now dead Mort) takes us through various techniques of reading, with a focus on how to gather the most from a book in the most efficient manner. Depending in the circumstances and type of book a light skim might be best, others a lifetime of study.

Much of what Adler discusses is obvious but like with all things we sometimes get lazy and ignore the fundamentals.

I love how Mort says that in the history of man only about 1,000 books are worth reading and only about 100 are worth re-reading. Though he does not go into this in his book I have heard interviews with the author. He essentially says there is nothing new under the sun, therefore why not stick to authors who most perfectly express the human condition or the state of the universe.

If you are not a serious reader skip this book….if you are, give it a shot.

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