All the tech geeks that I follow on Twitter recommended this book towards the end of 2012. And by tech geeks, I mean Bill Gates, Bill Gross, and a few others. Everywhere I turned, I seemed to be hearing about this book on memory. After reading the Walter Isaacson biography on Einstein, I was really excited about it and probably told everyone I talked to about his ideas and his life. Nicole’s mom must have thought that I would love to read more about Einstein (and even MORE if he was moonwalking), so she got me this book for my birthday in March. Ironically, it doesn’t have anything to do with Einstein, but was a great and fascinating read! I’d recommend it.
Quick summary. Author, Joshua Foer is a writer and stumbles across the USA Memory Championships and covers the event for a magazine. During his coverage, everyone tells him that he could compete in the events also if he only practiced the proper techniques. Memorize a desk of cards quickly. Learn random digits into the hundreds. Memorize a list of faces and names into the hundreds. Tasks that most of us would seem so daunting that we wouldn’t even attempt it or imagine it possible.
Josh spends a year researching memory and training his mind, finally landing himself in the finals of the USA Memory Championships one year later! The book is about his journey and is not a “How-to” on memorizing. It is really interesting and gives you the basics on operating your memory along the way. His thesis is that you can be great at anything if you attack your mission with creativity, focus and enthusiasm. Read the book, Bill Gates did, and I did!