Ok, it’s book review time. But, this isn’t your ordinary book… This is a book about a reporter who was given an assignment to report on the US Memory Championship. And yes, there actually is such a championship, believe it or not. The reporter was a guy named Joshua Foer. (I highly recommend his book if you want to get some amazing insight into your own memory). It’s a narrative nonfiction book where the author meets a memory expert named Ed Cook while he’s covering the events at the US Memory Championship. Joshua gets so entrenched in this incredible memory journey where he is learning all the trips and techniques from Ed Cook. Ed is a memory guru. He gives speeches about memory, the historical context of memory and anything you can think of pertaining to memory. He trains people on how to improve their memory. This is basically how he makes his living. Well, he apparently is pretty damn good at it because he took Joshua, a reporter covering the event who never even knew this memory championship existed, and trained him to reach a point that within the next year… Joshua came back to the US Memory Championship, but not as a reporter this time, but as a contestant, where he went on to win the championship.
So, don’t let the title of the book fool you. There isn’t much about Michael Jackson or how to do the moonwalk. But, if you want to learn how incredible the human mind is and the unbelievable feats you can perform with your memory, then this will be a great read and you will thank me for recommending this book to you. You will learn all about the concept of a memory palace, where you will learn how to remember pretty much anything you want and be able to recall it instantly. Memory is not something that can be improved by exercise or taking the right vitamins. In this book, you will discover that memory is not a ‘thing.” Memory exists in a fluid environment which can be called upon instantly as long as the proper set of circumstances have been created. It’s very similar to using a pneumatic device used to help us remember the great lakes: HOMES. But, with these techniques you will learn in this book, you will be able to link anything you want to learn with things you already know and be able to recall that information instantly. I don’t want to give too much away, but just wait until you read about how to memorize a 52 deck of random cards in order. Amazing!