The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind—and revolutionizes our concept of memory.
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average, people squander forty days a year compensating for things they’ve
forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of
memory training, he found himself in the finals of the US Memory Championship.
Moonwalking with Einstein draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural
history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform
our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top “mental
athletes,” he learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his
speeches. Using methods that have been largely forgotten, Foer discovers that
we can all dramatically improve our memories.
At a time when electronic devices have all but
rendered our individual memories obsolete, Foer’s bid to resurrect the
forgotten art of remembering becomes an urgent quest. 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