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Reading a Book: The big message is that you have to make reading an ACTIVE process, whereby you are constantly asking yourself, "What is this author trying to tell me?" And the best way to do this is to follow something like the following practices: (1) First read the Preface of the book. An author will often tell you, in just a few sentences, what the big overall message of the book is. Then stop, and ask yourself, "What is he trying to tell me about the central point of the book?" (Sometimes the Preface is not very useful, but sometimes it has a nice brief summary of the book's major point.) (2) Read the introductory section of the first chapter (which is usually "The Introduction"), and then stop, and ask yourself, "What is he telling me that the book is about, or that this chapter is about?" Then skip to the end of the first chapter, and read that. When you have finished, stop and ask yourself, "What has he just told me that the book is about, or that the next chapter is about?" ONLY at that point should you go back to the beginning of the first chapter and read it all the way through.
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