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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.
Foster, a University of Michigan Flint emeritus professor of English, proposes ways for readers to read "past the surface" of nonfiction texts in this approachable guide. It expands Foster's "how to read" series (How to Read Poetry Like a Professor, etc.), with Foster observing early on that "nonfiction has just as many, and very likely more, genres than does fiction." Adopting a conversational tone, he succinctly tackles everything from textbooks, history books, and biographies to journalism, op-eds, and "web-specific forms" such as blogs and social media posts. From parsing the unique rules that "govern how information is offered to readers" to uncovering "where we think our bias lies," the book grounds its approach in relevant examples, including the proliferation of "fake news" in general, and, in particular, the Russian misinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Perhaps most importantly, Foster writes, readers must learn "to ask questions of the article or book and its author." His zippy, pragmatic book will appeal to readers in search of guidance on separating fact from fiction in an age of information overload.