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Not What Some Will Expect
on 7 March 2012
I have read 1000's of books on the subject of success, law of attraction, motivation, mind mapping, memory and wealth creation. I have been a business consultant and motivational coach for a number of years. As such I have read many good and extremely poor books in these subject matters.
I was sent this book as a part of the Amazon Vine programme and I thought it would be a self help book along the lines of the Einstein Factor or the plethora of Tony Buzan, Edward De Bono books on mind and memory. What this book is, is a memoir of a journalist who observed the US memory championships and what he learnt from it. If you are looking for a straight talking self help book, that will give you many new strategies to improve your memory, this is not the book for you. I found it quite a difficult read, as I did not want an autobiography, but a practical book with ideas that are well laid out and that I could use now. The advice and observations are intermingled with prose and you can get bogged down with the detail.
If you are looking for an autobiography, with suggestions on how to improve memory, then this book will suit you down to the ground. If like me you are looking for a self help book with instant strategies, you will not necessarily find this type of book engaging. In all honesty I did not read the entire book, after I had realised what it was. I ended up speed reading it to find the few useful memory nuggets, contained within the text.
The book makes a good biography, but it lacks many things if you buy it as a self help book for improving your memory. There are better books on the market if you want that type of publication.
Recommended as an interesting auto biography.