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October 18, 1930

The Art of Rapid Reading: A Book for People Who Want to Read Faster and More Accurately.

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By Walter B. Pitkin, Professor in Journalism, Columbia University. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 233. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1929.

JAMA. 1930;95(16):1199-1200. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720160059034

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Abstract

This is one of those books of the class of Arnold Bennett's "How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day," a book that contains much advice that ought to be obvious but that most persons rarely have in concrete form in their minds. And there is a lot of wisdom in it. The author gives many good suggestions on reading and puts them in form that is striking. He is a professor of journalism and the book has a journalese flavor to it. Any one can get some good points on effective reading from the reading of this book, just as any one can get good points from many similar books on other subjects— about how to improve one's grammar, or his handwriting, or his memory, or his conversation, or his elocution, or his bridge. There is much banality in all of them but there is a lot of useful

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