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The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,048 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Unleash the hidden power of your mind through Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas's simple, fail-safe memory system, and you can become more effective, more imaginative, and more powerful, at work, at school, in sports and play. Discover how easy it is to: file phone numbers, data, figures, and appointments right in your head; learn foreign words and phrases with ease; read with ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 27th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1974)
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Brian
Aug 19, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r_non-fiction
This book will teach you how to memorize and retain just about anything quickly and easily. The techniques take work to learn and practice, but once you have them down it is amazing the things you can do.

I used the methods in this book to memorize thousands of Chinese vocabulary words. I have also begun using the numbers techniques, and can remember any number that I decide to memorize. Right now I am working on the methods for retaining what I read. I'm not great at it yet, but my retention is
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Penny
Aug 31, 2009 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jackie and Chris
Recommended to Penny by: I don't recall.
I am giving this book a very high rating because I think I read it but I can't remember but I'm guessing that it was very, very good. Books like this tend to be good (or at least good for you). I do not remember where I put it but it is here somewhere. I could not recall the name of the book but remembered the ISBN so it was easy to search on that.
I do recall that my children and husband gave it to me for some special event (birthday, Christmas, Saturday, or something.) I also know that co-autho
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Hollie
Jul 25, 2009 Hollie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
There are some people out there with great memories and excellent interpersonal skills. We've all probably met someone like this.... They seem to remember your name, your face, and little details about your life and past conversations way more than the average person. And we all LOVE being around these people. They make us feel important and valued, because it could be a year since you've seen them (and you only met them once), and they will recall specific details about your life and ask about ...more
David Grimaud
Jul 30, 2011 David Grimaud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember what it's about.
Tyler Suzuki Nelson
Sep 09, 2012 Tyler Suzuki Nelson rated it it was ok
The Memory Book is a guide written by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas. Although it looks like a novel, the book is more like a textbook in that to really get the most out of it, one has to do the suggested activities while reading the book. The point of this book is, if not already evident, to help improve one's memory.

I don't have much to say about this book. I do like the idea behind the book, and I think the method can be quite powerful for memorizing things. However, I found most of the book t
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Justin
Aug 26, 2008 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Justin by: Brian
This book is logical, honest, and practical.

Logical
Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas explain why memory techniques work and how they simply build on the way our minds already work.

Honest
From the very beginning readers are told memory systems take work, but they are possible and within everyone's reach. Like all good things, it takes effort.

Practical
The memory systems described in this book can be applied to remembering to-do lists, dates, names, places, events, phone numbers, etc. Who wouldn't l
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Traneem
Sep 17, 2010 Traneem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adam Uraynar
Dec 21, 2015 Adam Uraynar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Focus on what you want to remember--if you want to remember. The best example is learning someone's name. Forget it right away? You're not being aware enough. When meeting new people, rhetorically repeat, "What is their name? What is their name?" Have that be your main nagging thought.

Substitute words for similar words. Page 73 is list for last names.

Put things in the same place every time. To remember to do or get something put something in your path or awkwardly out of place to spur original
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Arun Mahendrakar
Turns out that when an atom of Cesium is bombarded with energy is starts vibrating / ticking and every such 9129631770 ticks counts as a second. Hence the name atomic clock. Now in order to remember that number I just go: button push meets cow cozy (actually thinking of a button with push written on it talking to a happy cow). Absolutely brilliant.

This was my first memory improvement book and I loved the techniques mentioned in here. Although extremely impressed, I know I have to keep working on
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Andreas
Sep 15, 2014 Andreas rated it really liked it
Shelves: lifehack
I re-discovered the book in the basement and couldn't remember a thing about it. Not a good sign for a book about improving your memory but it's never to late.

The most important methods presented here are

Word substitution

It's hard to remember words that don't make sense and it's better to come up with something that is easier to visualize. The authors give endless examples for that and I became jealous how easy it is for them. There is nothing that they can't simplify and I hope that it's just
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Jakub Šimek
Aug 05, 2014 Jakub Šimek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've already read "How To Develop Superpower Memory" by Harry Lorayne before tackling this, so I was really surprised by how good the decision to read this one was.
The first few chapters of the book explain the Link and Peg systems and using substitute words and phrases. Nothing new there for me.
The second part is what makes this a 5-star book in my mind. It shows many practical uses of these systems and serves as a massive source of inspiration. It finally pushed me from "wow, I'm impressed by
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Austin
Jun 07, 2013 Austin rated it liked it
Shelves: memory, life-hacks
Simply put: It works well, but requires putting much additional energy into creating memory sequences that I feel are not practical for the person looking for general memorization tricks
WT Sharpe
Aug 04, 2014 WT Sharpe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent outline of the memory tricks used by the experts. These helped me get 100% on all my test papers save one (on which I was graded--to the teacher's delight--99%) for a three semester college biology course I took in biology. You can learn how to memorize a freshly shuffled deck of cards by looking at each one for about three seconds, and then reel them off forwards, backwards, or in in order you are asked. (A truly impressive feat: I've done it, but you have to keep in practi ...more
Amna
Feb 23, 2008 Amna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students from all ages
there is a Simple techniques you can learn from this book that will help you to memorize alots of things
Renaldo Horn
Good book. Does not go into memory palaces but has lots of good info. Also has lots of fluff.
Bob
Apr 30, 2009 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Bob by: No one
Because of the memory tips I learned in this book I was able to win almost $200,000 on a game show.
Kai Crawford
May 13, 2014 Kai Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has some very useful strategies for linking and memorizing anything you can imagine. There are lots of practical applications but the system takes time and effort to learn. Lorayne and Lucas teach a method that focuses on association and imagination rather that rote memorization. Some of the things they teach you to memorize are:
-speeches
-vocabulary
-lists of words, numbers, and objects
-names & faces
-dates
-art & music facts
-locations on a map
Personally, I am really looking forwa
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Iferdows
Jun 04, 2012 Iferdows rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نتائج هذا الكتاب-بعد التطبيق- فورية..!!
Assem Makhyon
Sep 19, 2014 Assem Makhyon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only that this book discusses the most powerful memory techniques, it does so in a very simple way that actually makes it fun to train your memory, advanced memory techniques that can help you remember everything, most of the book is just a dialogue between the two memory masters jerry lucas and harry lorayne, the one that lasted 18 hours discussing every way of training the memory known even b.c.
it contains the peg, which allows you to memorize any number of digits you want, along with many
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Bob
Mar 15, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it
A comprehensive jumping off place to train your memory interspersed with pleasant anecdotes between memory experts: one a working-class highly experienced stage magician-mentalist, the other an Ivy-League-educated professional-basketball player. Memory training is more laborious than they make it seem, but I learned a couple of tricks and still work to learn some of the the other techniques. No better book to start this comes to mind.
H Saleem
May 31, 2015 H Saleem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical and purposeful.

The strategies suggested in this book do work and come in handy, both at home and at work. They are especially helpful for children to help them improve their learning, resulting in better grades.
Jaakko Monthan
Jul 10, 2014 Jaakko Monthan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i think this will be one of the most useful book ever. it reveals the power of remembering things more efficiently. I didn't have motivation to learn everything but i took the most important things
Fady
Feb 15, 2014 Fady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read 10 chapters out of the 27 and skimmed through the rest of them. its one of the books containing a lot of really useful techniques to use in everyday life, however they need practice and the author did a really great job to make you practice these techniques with examples while reading the chapters.
It shows some memory techniques to a lot of aspects in life, like memorizing numbers, appointments, anniversaries, lists, people's names, stock market, politics and a lot more.
Oliver Ho
Oct 26, 2015 Oliver Ho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, but I'm guilty of not stopping throughout the book to learn every technique. However, I am inspired to start practicing.
Thompson
Aug 12, 2015 Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book helped me immensely in college. (Magna cum laude as under grad, summa cum laude in law school.) I recommend highly this book.
Tyler Hochstetler
A must read for anyone trying to better their memory. Practical, useful tips that can be implemented to all aspects of life.
Joanne G.
I'm only giving three stars because I read this back in the '70s, and, ironically, I don't remember any of it.
Bologna_frog
Mar 12, 2011 Bologna_frog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really impressed with the Loci method. It really seems to work, at least when I tried it while reading the book.

I wonder if alternative Loci-words work better than Lorayne's list? His seem fine, but I wonder if another list might be easier better. If I am going to learn 100 random words, why not memorize the best one's?

The book is overly long on examples of specific Linkings. Do I really need to have so many examples of how to Link or use Loci? The book even states that my OWN Links would b
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Ron
Great book that I read over-and-over. Well worn paperback that is held together with tape. Scanned my copy so that I have it on my computer.
Robyn
Jan 06, 2013 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok- I bought this book when I thought I was going brain dead being at SAHM many years ago. Holy cow, if it didn't work beautifully. Amaze your friends and enemies as you challenge them to give you a random number and you answer with the corresponding president. Know all of the constitutional amendments and important historical dates. Helps you memorize anything with a simple technique that makes numbers correspond to letters. Lists, dates, names, etc. Can all be committed to memory. Alas, you mu ...more
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Harry Lorayne is an American magician and a memory-training specialist and writer who was called "The Yoda of Memory Training" by Time magazine. He is well known for his mnemonic demonstrations and has appeared on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His book The Memory Book was a New York Times bestseller. His card magic, especially his innovations in card ...more
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