This review is from: Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (Paperback)
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, Joshua Foer started off in an attempt to find the 'smartest people' and he tries the memory athletes 'games' in the USA for inspiration. He starts off with an 'average' memory himself, but after being told that he could train his own memory to this standard he decides to try and for twelve months he dedicates himself to doing just that.
The book takes us through from the first recorded memory feat (credited to the Greek poet Simonides) to the modern day and explains, and I wish it were in more detail, how to use mnemonics to improve our own memories.
Rubbing shoulders with the best of these athletes including Tony Buzzan, Ben Pridmore and others along the way, he succeeds in being able to memorise 9½ decks of cards in an hour and memorising enough material to enter the competition himself. This is just twelve months after making the decision to learn these techniques. This is an amusing and authoritive read.
Did he win, well - read it for yourself, you won't be disappointed