MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes.” Foer (the youngest of the three Foer brothers) draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author's own mind, Foer explores the fascinating ways in which our brains are wired to remember, or forget, the vast array of information and experiences that make up life. An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, MOONWALKING is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.
Joshua Foer was born in Washington, DC in 1982 and lives in New Haven, CT with his wife Dinah. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications. He is the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura, an online guide to the world’s wonders and curiosities. He is also the co-founder of the design competition, Sukkah City. Moonwalking with Einstein is his first book.