I really enjoyed this book and I am not an avid reader by any stretch. Interesting following the journalist through the process and a few tips to use as you read that will also help me in the future to remember the past!
I loved this book, but then its just my kind of book. A bit geeky, lots of science but also lots and lots of human interest. It starts out as a young aspiring Journalist visits the US Memory Championships, and then is challenged to train to take part the following year. The story of how he takes on that challenge is interwoven with stories of other memory athletes, the ancient art of memory, people with unusual memories (both short and long). You may learn a few tips of the tricks of memory masters. However, I found these very sympathetic stories of quite unusual people just as interesting. For instance when he goes for a short walk with EP the "Man with the shortest memory". So if you are interested in improving your memory, or how those memory masters do it, then this is the book for you. However it is also for you if you are just interested in learning about people.
Brilliant book....a behind the scene look at the Mental Atheletes' world, whilst at the same time explaining, rationalising and demystifying. Well written, easy to read, but intriguing at the same time, this is the journey of the author from covering a US National Memory champioship, to becoming the US National Memory Champ 12 months later. But the most telling fact is the work and effort Joshua has put into this book in the literature search and review that he has undertaken to understand and at the same time explain the science and myth behind mental atheletes. This book is a wonderful and refreshing eye opener.
OK- it is possible to remember anything by using the techniques shown in the book and the author obviously made huge progress in using his mnemonic training. Not many people may be attracted by the idea of becoming the Memory Man (or Woman) but the intriguing part of the book for me was the reference to historical aspects of oral transmission & learning before the printed word.
It's not a book I would read for fun, but as an introduction to the art and science of memory, it was fascinating!