The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Other Ancient Monuments by Lynne Kelly. Praise: “It’s one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve ever read, and I think that it will be especially interesting to people who are interested in using memory techniques to store factual knowledge.” – Josh Cohen, founder of the biggest memory forum in history The Art of Memory.
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (full length-review here). This is the mothership, why a lot of younger memory athletes started, including me. Written in such a fantastic way about incredible circumstances, dispelling myths about geniuses and memory training. So incredible that he had an advance on the book for 1.2 million dollars. The book is that good. Maybe not the best book for memory training, but it’s probably the most entertaining one that I’ve read. “The perfect combination between an interesting subject (memory) and glimpses into this interesting sport (memory sport)” as one of my best friends said. Click here to buy Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.
Alles nur in meinem Kopf Die Geheimnisse unseres Gehirns by neuroscientist Boris Nikolai Konrad. A book about how memory works. I have not gotten a hold of a copy yet (being in Beijing has its disadvantages), but for those of you who are in Germany – buy it! Yes, I’m recommending something I haven’t read yet because herr Konrad is just that good. When he was writing it, he drew parallels to the mega-bestseller Darme mit Charme by Julia Enders and explained at length how beautiful and fun the book would be for the casual reader interested in the most interesting organ and the most interesting process we go through all the time – memory! Also, Superhirn by Boris Nikolai Konrad is more of an autobiographical book about his experiences in competitive memory and an introduction to basic memory techniques.
I forgot something (but I can’t remember what it was) written and drawn by Nelson Dellis. Maybe the first book that suits kids younger than five years old for memory techniques. Friends with kids who’ve read the book for the kids say the techniques stick and are explained in a very fun and easy to understand way. It’s also pretty!
There are of course, way more books, but for now this is a good intro to memory stuff.