This is a memoir written by Josh Foer about how he won the memory championship in the states and placed 15 in the world. Throughout the book, he discusses techniques he used and regales the reader with stories of his friends that he made in the process of improving his memory. He also reflects on his progress and how useful he thought it was.
Throughout the book, he refers to a plethora of books, and when you’re an audiobook listener it is a little difficult to keep track of them. I feel like they should publish a bibliography online so I wouldn’t have to find a pirated book online to get the end of it.
This book really gives the reader a sense of the niche world of the memory championships and their community. It gives the reader an introduction to the sport as well. Personally, I had never heard of the memory championships before and it was interesting to see what it entailed.
I also enjoyed the stories about Foer’s friends in this book. Ed and Ben just seem like interesting people to hang out with, though a bit eccentric. You do get to learn about their techniques and different memory techniques. These can easily be incorporated into daily life if you want to better your memory for remembering some things. However, as Foer mentions at the end, is just easier to write down a phone number than to memorize it.
I really enjoyed this book and I learnt a lot from reading it.