Speed Reading Trends: Micro-summaries of Books

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

Book summary of ‘Thin slicing’ of Malcolm Gladwell’s new book Outliers: The Story of Success

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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
• meditate.
Speed read the full version of the summary of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

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