“Highly entertaining.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
“Funny, curious, erudite, and full of useful details about ancient techniques of training memory.” —The Boston Globe
The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory
An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.
Recommended. Yes, I was looking for more memory tips, but the book was a fine combination of narrative, science, and techniques. Great bibliography.
This book will be a springboard to more training - much like the World Championship's effect on the author.
Fantastic book. Has as all the punch of a Malcolm Gladwell book bound to a winding personal journey, minus the self-help bender. Neuro-geeks welcome.
My only criticism is that forgetfulness is treated as a defect, when that is clearly not the case, nor explored. Maybe there's a sequel along that line: "Sleepwalking with Someonerrother"
I learned so much about the human brain and how our minds work. Its absolutely incredible that this book was so informative and entertaining at the same time! From skeptical to professional, I love how the progression of Josh Foer in the field of competitive memory is interlaced with enough facts, ideas, and concepts to fill a textbook. Quite literally the most fun I've had learning.