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How to read nonfiction like a professor : a smart, irreverent guide to biography, history, journalism, blogs, and everything in between

Author: Thomas C Foster
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas C Foster
ISBN: 9780063008472 0063008475 9780062895813 0062895818
OCLC Number: 1143487796
Description: xiv, 310 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: What's going on around here? --
Introduction: why critical reading matters --
The structure of nonfiction information --
The ecology of the nonfiction biosphere --
The power of the prologue --
The parts you don't read --
It may just be me, but... --
Source code --
All in how you look at things --
Bringing the news --
Living the news --
From the inside out --
Life from the inside --
That is so last year --
On the stump --
The universe of ideas/ideas of the universe --
Reading internet sources --
Social (media) disease --
The criminal element --
Conclusion: looking for certainty in an uncertain time.
Responsibility: Thomas C. Foster.

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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. -- Provided by publisher.

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"[This] zippy, pragmatic book will appeal to readers in search of guidance on separating fact from fiction in an age of information overload." -- <em>Publishers Weekly</em>

 
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