Just motivation to read
220 pages, ★★★
Tony Buzan is rivalled only by Steve Jobs and Ron L. Hubbard in terms of cult status. When reading Buzan, it’s the reader’s responsibility to take necessary precautions not to be fooled by his magical promises.
The Speed Reading Book shows, via many detailed steps, how reading speeds of 750 words per minute can be achieved (on a few occasions, he inflates this to a superhuman 10,000 words per minute). He starts be telling you to forget everything you were learned in school, and uses self-tests throughout to demonstrate that speed-reading comes at no sacrifice in terms of comprehension.
The cult of Buzan is welded with revolutionary optimism. Like revolution, many of his life-changing claims are total fabrications. If, like me, you’re wary of such extremes, then interpret this book as the Platonic Ideal of what reading should be. Let this book inspire you like fiction.
For me, this book was the realisation that I should start reading like an old man (with a lamp and a stick), start reading with a stopwatch, and with proper lighting and a desk that’s 8 inches higher than my kneecaps. It taught me that reading slowly doesn’t make me understand more. It also made me realise why the iPad is so amazing to read books on (because screens attract eyes like magnets, and because it makes reading with your finger on the page look cool and not retarded).
This book is smaller than the mere 200 pages from cover to cover. Large parts are imported from other sources or repeated multiple times. Read it fast. ★★★
- Buzan’s New Definition of Reading (jameskennedymonash.wordpress.com)