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Remember, Remember: Learn the Stuff You Thought You Never Could [Hardcover]

Ed Cooke
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25 Sep 2008

Kings and queens, British prime ministers, American presidents, countries of Europe...

We should all know these things - but like me, you're probably resigned to being the kind of person that just never will. Now Grandmaster of Memory Ed Cooke offers up his memory secrets with a fun, quick and completely unforgettable way to remember the things you thought you never could.

But this is no boring Willy, Willy, Harry, Ste. With Ed leading the way on unlikely adventures through people and places, Abraham Lincoln may become a circle of bra-wearing hams linking arms in your mind, and you may well encounter a fridge wearing Calvin Klein underpants. You could also soon find yourself rattling off the prime ministers to a rapt audience and adding, in a knowing tone, 'ah yes, Marquess of Rockingham, Whig I believe?'. What is for sure is that you’ll be bursting with knowledge that will stick in your mind and impress your friends for ever.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (25 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670917850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670917853
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 13.2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm interested in the art and science of remembering things. Most of my time is devoted to building, a site that helps you learn all kinds of vocabulary, and especially Chinese characters, extremely quickly. My book, "Remember, Remember" is a fun way to learn the order of the Presidents, Kings and Queens, and other useless trivia.

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'A delightful book. What a jolly way to learn really important things. I wish I'd read it in my first ever history lesson in 1978; it would have saved so much time' -- Harry Mount, author of AMO, AMAS, AMAT

'A light-touch romp through kings and queens, British prime ministers and the presidents of the USA, the mental recall preserve of savants or full-time record breakers, with effective and entertaining techniques... Forty-eight hours later, the information is still there. OK Paxman, I'm ready for you now!' -- Sunday Express

'REMEMBER, REMEMBER offers vivid, silly narratives that threaten instant party recall of all US presidents and every kind of king and queen of England and Britain' -- Deborah Orr, Independent

About the Author

Ed Cooke graduated with a First from Oxford in Psychology and Philosophy in 2004. In order to become a Grandmaster of Memory, he had to memorise 1000 numbers in an hour, 10 decks of cards in an hour (520 cards) and one deck in under 2 minutes. He was ranked 7th overall in the 2007 World Memory Championships, in which he has competed since 2003, and coached Josh Foer from novice to US Memory Champion in one year. He now spends his time teaching memory techniques in schools across the UK, among other things.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Oct 2008
amazing - this genuinely works. I am so excited by my new-found ability to learn things, that I think I might have to go back to university, or re-take some A-levels, just to find a suitable arena to show off these astonishing memorising skills. But I will be needing many more books from Ed Cooke to help me on my way - when is the next one due!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! The best of its kind 6 Oct 2008
By Cesca
I'm a massive fan of all those books like I Before E but I have to say that this is by far the best - and most fun! I started reading Remember Remember last week and have already memorised all the American Presidents and Kings and Queens. In fact I spent all weekend reciting the list to my friends. Since I'm known for being completely useless at general knowledge, they were pretty impressed! It's really quick and easy and, a week on, I can still recite the lists so it really does work! Amazing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 7 Oct 2008
This book is going to change the way people learn! It's just so silly, fun and informative all at the same time.

The stories take you on a virtual memory walk around your imagination, deposing information around familiar places in order that you can recall it (forwards and backwards) after your first read. Except the information is encoded in images so that a boring and difficult name like Martin Van Buren becomes a martian in a burning van... something you will remember remember for ever!

It's such a brilliant technique I feel cheated that I was never told about it at school.

Great for adults and children alike. Particularly good as an entertaining yet 'worthy' Christmas present for someone with an imagination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories are made of this 13 Aug 2012
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As a consequence of reading Joshua Foer's excellent "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything", I heard about Ed Cooke and then about this book. I actually borrowed it from the library and then didn't start it for weeks because I was worried that I would fail. I was wrong. Just reading a few pages and then sleeping on it, I found that I remember the first twenty kings and then a couple of days later I expanded this to 40, effortlessly. There's no rote learning involved - just an application of the correct technique of storage and retrieval.

I've now learned all of the kings and queens of England from Offa, King of Mercia to Elizabeth II. Startled that my 47-year-old brain isn't as addled as I'd assumed, I then purchased the book through Amazon and challenged my 9-year old daughter to do the same memorization. She's already managed all of the Anglo-Saxon kings plus the Normans after a couple of days and I'm betting that she'll get the rest in short order.

The game is on. After filling in some background details of the kings and queens (Chapter 2), I'm going to memorize the British Prime Ministers and then the US Presidents. I know I can do it and Ed Cooke has showed in this book that anybody can do it.

My brain isn't going to fill up any time soon. My memory simply need to be trained that things I want to remember stored in the correct way.

The book is fun to read and I can't recommend it enough. I'm still startled that the kings and queens are still there in my memory, exactly where I put them a week ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener. You can do this stuff! 13 Jun 2011
By Tom Nor
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I got this book after reading Foer's fantastic Moonwalking with Einstein (which is heavily reiviewed and deservedly 5-starred). Ed was Foer's coach I wanted to see if the Memory Palace (or in this case, Memory Path) worked for me and lo and behold it does! I only read the first section on Kings and Queens as that is what I was interested in and it has already been so useful in my ability to place historical figures in context in a way I never could before (got to GCSE level history only). Within 2 hours I had a good memory of all of them since Offa in 757. There are other sections on American Presidents, British Prime Ministers that I didn't try but look equally useful if that's your interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book for learning a new technique to remember things. As long as you make the images in your head extreme and clear, it really works. you can remember anything as long as you construct a distinctive story around it. This is how people used to remember things in the old days before the printing press. Cooke clearly shows us this technique and is funny at the same time. Check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some old mnemonic techniques that bear repeating 10 Oct 2008
Ed Cooke's little opus is a much-needed reminder of very useful mnemonic techniques, especially those which have to do with word association. This has been recommended as, for example, very useful in vocabulary recognition and learning when studying foreign languages, vocabulary being the most difficult and endless part of foreign-language learning. The more absurd, or indeed obscene, the association, the better it will be remembered. As said, a useful book, especially for students, who have a lot to remember in a short space of time. Well done Ed (was that his name?)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hlarious but effective! 8 Oct 2008
I found out about this book after I read a review of the author in a newspaper and since buying it, I have been unable to put the book down. I am never great at remembering things and now I can recite the kings and queens of England and the American presidents thanks to the paths of images that you follow. I have amazed myself about well I have done and already impressed some of my friends. On top of that the little drawings which help you throughout the book are totally awesome and super funny as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It works
I have read a few books on mnemonics over the years. This is one of the better ones. The methods are well known but the way to make them effective is using your imagination which... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cmmdrdata
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling
The technique shown certainly helped me to memorise the lists. Whether it is possible to invent such memorable tags for my self remains to be seen.
Published 5 months ago by peterl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Just proved to myself that even an old dog like myself can learn new tricks. do you know all the Presidents of the USA? well I do now thanks to this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fun
Loved this book. Provided me days of entertainment. Going through my memory palaces on the train and walking to work. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, terrific fun and educational, fast delivery
Very fun book. Treats a well known topic in an original and engaging way. I learned a lot and it stimulated my interest in memory systems to learn more. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Neil D. Myers
3.0 out of 5 stars Remeber Remeber
This is a useful exercise in the Journey Memory technique, making it a fun way to remeber England/ Britain's Kings and Queens. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2009 by Roger Boyle
3.0 out of 5 stars not for everyone
I found this a little too time-consuming to use as a method for learning large amounts of information. Also, as I am over 50, I had to learn twice to make anything stick. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2008 by june t
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