Micro-summaries of books – the latest speed reading trend
Shortage of reading time sparks a trend of micro-summaries for people who don’t have time even to read regular summaries. I guess 24o characters could suffice to summaries almost anything as Twitter made it possible. Originally, started by Woody Allen’s famous quote “I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes. It involves Russia.”
Microsummaries are good examples of thin slicing of books.
“Brevity is the soul of wit.” William Shakespeare
A few tongue-in-cheek macro-summaries of feel-good books
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie: Simile. Listen. Look interested. Remember people’s names. Repeat.
The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle: Stop thinking about the past, stop anticipating the future. In fact, stop thinking. Now.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson: Because they keep moving the cheese, you really need to be ready for the cheese to move. Got it?
Outliers: The Story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell: Get born at the right moment, at the right place, to the right family and then still you have to work really hard.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell is number 6 on The 100 Best Books of the Decade according to The Times
Micro-summary of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
There are three main threats to human civilisation:
1) nuclear war,
2) climate change/ecological collapse and
3) technological/biological disruption.
The key suggestions are:
• to start the conversation about all the above threats because these global problems can have only global solutions,
• get real – throw off the false faiths of institutional religions and
Speed read the full version of the summary of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
The importance of reading summaries first – speed reading technique #26