Scan Artist by Marcia Biederman audiobook

Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed-Reading Worked

By Marcia Biederman
Read by Marguerite Gavin

Blackstone Publishing 9781641601627

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 12/03/2019

    ISBN: 9781982692384

  • Available on 12/03/2019

    ISBN: 9781982692377

  • Available on 12/03/2019

    ISBN: 9781982692391

Runtime: 7.98 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The best-known educator of the twentieth century was a scammer in cashmere. “The most famous reading teacher in the world,” as television hosts introduced her, Evelyn Wood had little classroom experience, no degrees in reading instruction, and a background that included a collaboration with the Third Reich. Nevertheless, a nation spooked by Sputnik and panicked by paperwork eagerly embraced her promises of a speed-reading revolution.

Journalists, lawmakers and two US presidents lent credibility to Wood’s claims of turbocharging reading speeds. A royal-born Wood grad said she’d polished off Moby Dick in three hours; a senator swore he finished one book per lunchtime. Fudging test results and squelching critics, Wood’s popularity endured even as science proved that her system taught only skimming, with disastrous effects on comprehension. As apps and online courses attempt to spark a speed-reading revival, this engaging look at Wood’s rise from missionary to marketer exposes the pitfalls of wishful thinking.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Journalist Biederman did extensive research on her subject, which shines through in this clear telling…The author convincingly portrays Wood as a fraud who threw off academic critics by embracing politicians’ endorsements. A clearly written book, laced with wry humor amid condemnation.” Library Journal
“Journalist Biederman’s coverage of the science of reading and the Wood franchise will enlighten readers at any speed…This is an intriguing and surprising biography of a woman who was once a household name.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Marcia Biederman

Author Bio: Marcia Biederman

Marcia Biederman has contributed more than 150 articles to the New York Times. She was a staff reporter for Crain’s New York Business and her work has appeared in New York magazine, the New York Observer, and Newsday. She is also the author of Popovers and Candlelight: Patricia Murphy and the Rise and Fall of a Restaurant Empire. She lives in New York.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 7.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English