This is the book of a man who, through reading, with its resultant knowledge, discovered for himself a new world, and developed a new self with a broadened scope of interest and learning. It is, he says, ""a plan for your whole intellectual lifetime,"" and ""primarily a habit and an outlook."" He firmly states that it is written for the man of ordinary capabilities, little education, and above all -- the desire to learn, setting himself as a basic example of the self-educated individual of few formal educational opportunities, and average abilities. Of prime quality in the book -- taking into consideration the intellectual outlook of those for whom it is written and for whom it would serve a purpose -- is the author's re-definition of words such as ""intellectual"", ""culture"", ""pleasure"", ""knowledge"", ""education"", etc. In an extremely simple, direct, and exclamatory style, he gives a clear, but not rigid, method of study, stressing those fundamentals which he considers important, but emphasizing the importance also of the reader's interest in his subject matter. Dividing the book into various sections of learning, he begins with History, the most important chapter, and underlines the importance of reading the book chronologically as it has been arranged. Attempting to show the reader the relevance and beauty of learning, the author places his course of study at the level and accessibility of any age, ordinary intellect, and active interest, striving to inculcate in the reader a respect and inquisitive admiration for learning through reading.