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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Fascinating. —Town & Country
For one year, Foer tried to attain total recall, extracting secrets from the top researchers, the real Rain Man, and the world’s memory champs. He triumphed, both in his quest and in this lively account, which is, no exaggeration, unforgettable. —Parade
In recounting his year in training for the USA Memory Championship, journalist Foer delivers a rich history of memory. —Discover Magazine
Foer’s history of memory is rich with information about the nature of memory and how it makes us who we are. —Scientific American
[A] wonderful first book. —Newcity
Charming. . . The book is part of a grand tradition, the writer as participating athlete, reminiscent of George Plimpton taking up football in Paper Lion. —O, The Oprah Magazine
Funny, curious, erudite, and full of useful details about ancient techniques of training memory. —The Boston Globe
With originality, high energy, and an appealing blend of chutzpah and humility, [Foer] writes of his own adventures and probes the history and literature of memory, the science of how the brain functions, and the connections between memory, identity, and culture. . .. Moonwalking with Einstein. . . is engaging and timely. —The Jewish Week
A smart, thoughtful, engaging book. —The Portland Oregonian
A brief and pithy recounting of Foer’s exploration of the fuzzy borders of his brain—a marveling at how and why it’s able to do something quite unexpected. . .. Moonwalking with Einstein fits handily inline with the recent tradition of ‘big idea’ books. —The Millions
An original, entertaining exploration about how and why we remember. —Kirkus Reviews
You have to love a writer who employs chick-sexing to help explain human memory. Foer is a charmer, a crackling mind, a fresh wind. He approaches a complex topic with so much humanity, humor, and originality that you don’t realize how much you’re taking in and understanding. It’s kind of miraculous. —Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars, Bonk, Spook, and Stiff
Moonwalking with Einstein isn’t just a splendid overview of an essential aspect of our humanity—our memory; it is also a witty and engaging account of how Foer went from being a guy with an average memory to winning the USA Memory Championship. —Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University and author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational
In this marvelous book, Joshua Foer invents a new genre of nonfiction. This is a work of science journalism wrapped around an adventure story, a bildungs-roman fused to a vivid investigation of human memory. If you want to understand how we remember, and how we can all learn to remember better, then read this book. —Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor to Wired and author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Joshua Foer proves what few of us are willing to get our heads around: there’s more room in our brains than we ever imagined. Moonwalking with Einstein isn’t a how-to guide to remembering a name or where you put your keys. It’s a riveting exploration of humankind’s centuries-old obsession with memory, and one man’s improbable quest to master his own. —Stefan Fatsis, author of A Few Seconds of Panic and Word Freak
The kind of nonfiction work that gets people talking. . . A highly enjoyable read. —Thirteen.org
Intriguing. . . Foer does an excellent job of tracing the history of the arts of memory. —The Forward
An engaging, informative, and for the forgetful, encouraging book. —Booklist
Hard to put down. . . The mind is a bigger thing than any of us realize, and Foer reminds us to keep exploring it. —Barnes & Noble Review
He has thought deeply about memory and his effort yields questions that are well worth reflecting on. —The Daily Beast
[An] instant bestseller. —San Francisco Chronicle
[An] inspired and well-written debut book about not just memorization, but about what it means to be educated and the best way to become so, about expertise in general, and about the not-so-hidden ‘secrets’ of acquiring skills. —The Seattle Times
Joshua Foer’s book. . . is both fun and reassuring. All it takes to have a better memory, he contends, are a few tricks and a good erotic imagination. —Maureen Dowd, The New York Times
His passionate and deeply engrossing book. . . is a resounding tribute to the muscularity of the mind. . .. In the end, Moonwalking with Einstein reminds us that though brain science is a wild frontier and the mechanics of memory little understood, our minds are capable of epic achievements. —The Washington Post
“[Foer’s] assemblage of personal mnemonic images is riotous. He makes suspenseful an event animated mostly by the participants’ ‘dramatic temple massaging.’” —New York Times Book Review
Absolutely phenomenal... Part of the beauty of this book is that it makes clear how memory and understanding are not two different things. Building up the ability to reason and the ability to retain information go hand in hand... The book reminds us that we all start off with pretty much the same tools for the most part, and we can be intentional about strengthening them, or not. —Bill Gates
Highly entertaining. —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
Captivating. . . His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it’s informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context. —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
It’s delightful to travel with him on this unlikely journey, and his entertaining treatment of memory as both sport and science is spot on. . .. Moonwalking with Einstein proves uplifting: It shows that with motivation, focus, and a few clever tricks, our minds can do rather extraordinary things. —The Wall Street Journal
A fascinating scientific analysis of mnemonic mysteries. What we remember, [Foer] says, defines who we are. —Entertainment Weekly
Sprightly, entertaining. . . [Foer] has a gift for communicating fairly complex ideas in a manner that is palatable without being patronizing. —Financial Times
It’s a terrific book: sometimes weird but mostly smart, funny, and ultimately a lovely exploration of the ways that we preserve our lives and our world in the golden amber of human memory. —Deborah Blum, New Scientist
Foer’s book is relevant and entertaining as he shows us ways we can unlock our own talent to remember more. —USA Today
“In his captivating new book, Moonwalking With Einstein, the young journalist Joshua Foer tackles the subject of memory the way George Plimpton tackled pro football and boxing…Mr. Foer writes in these pages with fresh enthusiasm. His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it’s informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context.” —New York Times
“Memory...makes us who we are. Our memories, Foer tells us, are the seat of civilization, the bedrock of wisdom, the wellspring of creativity. His passionate and deeply engrossing book means to persuade us that we shouldn’t surrender them to integrated circuits so easily. It is a resounding tribute to the muscularity of the mind.” —Washington Post
“[A] crisply entertaining book.” —Sunday Times (London)
“[An] endearingly geeky world...witty and revelatory...[The] journey certainly demonstrates how much memory matters.” —Guardian (London)
“Foer’s book is great fun and hugely readable...Always fascinating and frequently mind-boggling, Moonwalking with Einstein is a book worth remembering.” —Independent (London)
“Narrator Mike Chamberlain’s enthusiastic and engaging tone, with its occasional gee-whiz note, is a perfect match for Foer...An entertaining experience.” —AudioFile
“An engaging, informative, and for the forgetful, encouraging book.” —Booklist
“An original, entertaining exploration about how and why we remember.” —Kirkus Reviews
Finally, informative non-fiction that's not boring!
As the title says, this book was far from boring. In fact for me it felt almost like listening to a character novel. The book is written in the fashion of one mans journey through the incredible quirky world of mnemonists, memory championships, and memory history. At times you really do feel like your with him on his quest as you meet strange characters and acquire magic powers. Mike Chamberlain does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life and keeping up your interest in what could easily have been made very dull. There is also quite a lot of good information, enough that, if you wanted to go about improving your memory and learning like me, this is a good place to start.
Author Bio: Joshua Foer
Joshua Foer has written for National Geographic, Esquire,the New York Times, Washington Post, and Slate. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
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