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167 Post author: lukeprog 16 January 2011 08:30AM

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Comment author: [deleted] 27 January 2011 06:31:21PM 0 points [-]

Second the vote for this book, though there is quite a bit of fluff (most of the chapters on strategies for readings specific topics I found less than useful) - it really does a great job of explaining how to extract information from a book.

The key insight I took away was that a book isn't just a long string of words broken up into various sections - a book is a little machine that produces an argument, and to really understand that argument you need to figure out what the machine is doing.