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May 18, 2011

Experts' Expert: Joshua Foer's 5 best books about memory

From the Washington Post: "Joshua Foer, the 2006 U.S. Memory Champion and author of the best-selling book "Moonwalking With Einstein," picks the most memorable books about the art of remembering."

1. "The Art of Memory" — Frances A. Yates (1966)

2. "The Book of Memory" — Mary Carruthers (1990)

3. "Memory in Oral Traditions" — David C. Rubin (1995)

4. "Metaphors of Memory" — Douwe Draaisma (2000)

5. "The Mind of a Mnemonist" — A.R. Luria (1968)

I was delighted to see that Foer included Luria's book which, when I read it for the first time as a 19-year-old college sophomore, mesmerized me.

The book selection above is excerpted from Eve Gerber's interview with Foer which appeared on The Browser.

May 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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