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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307591972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307591975
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Self-help with a light touch...[Katz is] entertaining, with a lively sense of humor that immediately captures and sustains a reader's attention." – Chicago Jewish Star

About the Author

ERAN KATZ’S books on memory and intellegence have been bestsellers in twelve countries. He is a popular guest on TV and radio shows and has delivered his entertaining memory seminars to hundreds of leading multinational companies and organizations, including Motorola, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, General Electric, Coca-Cola, AT&T, and the International Brain Education Association.

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Most of this book, however, was completely new and expanded how I look at remembering just about anything.
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If you want to improve your memory and are willing to invest the time and effort to learn and practice the memory tools, I recommend this book.
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His way of writing and also explaining his theorys as he goes along is a good part of the interest you have in reading this book.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jojoleb VINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
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Eran Katz's book, Where Did Noah Park the Ark?, is a reasonable introduction to memory training. It covers the basics and describes a limited number of techniques in a sometimes quirky but compelling way. Katz's love for his subject is always evident and keeps the narrative interesting. What Katz' presents is presented well. However, there is little in the way of original material here and similar books will give you more variations on how to apply mnemonic techniques in different situations.

I have always been fascinated by memory and have read a good many self help books about the subject. Similar to Katz's experience, I too was given a book by Harry Lorayne in my early teens (The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play), which piqued my interest in improving my memory. Although this lead to a natural fascination with the subject, quite unlike Katz I was never inspired enough to practice the techniques so thoroughly that I ended up on the lecture or talk show circuit.

What I will say is that I have applied some of the mnemonic techniques over the years and that they do work and with practice end up being more efficient than `rote' memorization. That being said, authors of memory books are very similar to authors of rapid math calculation books: experts in these areas can be generous in divulging the 'tricks' of their trade as very, very few people will ever master these techniques to a level where they can rival the masters.

When you read about them, these techniques may seem either just too simple or too involved. But if you practice these techniques, your memory skills will improve.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 22, 2010
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Overall, I think this book accomplishes it's purpose in teaching various methods for improving your memory. In reading through it, the author focuses not only on the techniques and methods, but also on giving a different perspective on memory and how to utilize it.

The book is broken into 3 overall sections, and introduction and preparation, the actual methods and techniques, then finally the nuts and bolts of how to use and apply those methods.

There's a number of chapters in each section, so it reads well. I found many of the techniques are ones most people have heard of, but the author goes into much more depth in explaining them. He uses plenty of examples and also gives a number of exercises, practice topics, and quizzes to help you along.

The final section is the longest, but it's broken into different areas of memory applications - such as school and studying, giving presentations, etc. In this way, you can glance over the ones of less interest or read them out of order based one what you're looking to get out of the book.

The techniques described will definitely take much practice to master - don't expect to increase your memory potential just by going through the book once. You'll need to really work at this to really follow the author's methods and get the most benefit. In my mind, this is the most realistic expectation - no single book or method will be instantly usable or mastered just by reading it once.

I've not read any other memory books like this one, but I found it a good place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seven Kitties on May 4, 2013
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The book details the author's quest to study up to become a memory champion. He figures, if he could do it, then there was something to it, and it wasn't savantism or just something only a few people had: he was an average guy with average abilities (though he has an above average ability to tell an engaging story!)

Woven through his quest we meet a variety of characters--memory mavens and scientists, learning the science but also what memory (or lack thereof) means to the human condition. And of course, we learn some of the memory 'tricks'. I admit, for fun, I did the 'palace' thing with the eight books of Malory's Morte D'arthur--something I'd struggled memorizing in order in my qualifying exams and, bingo. It works. Months later, even now, I can still recall the order just by that imaginary walk through of my childhood home.

Great book, full of cocktail party titbits as well as practical stuff you can do and a fast and fun read!
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Eran Katz wants to improve your recall -- not your memory, which he believes works quite well for everyone but those few who have a physical disorder. Regardless of age, he announces in the first chapter of his book, your memory is much better than you think, and perhaps limitless. The problems you have are essentially those of motivation, attention, and association, and therefore the techniques he teaches and the exercises he employs are designed to build both the desire to remember information and the ability to make connections that bring this information to mind when needed.

Katz begins "Where Did Noah Park the Ark?" by promising that readers will be able to perform some amazing memory feats by the time they reach the end. He then presents a few quizzes using random items, number sequences, and dates in order to give readers a baseline. In Part II, the author offers his fundamental principles of memory: raising one's level of attention and focus, finding incentives to provoke interest, and making relationships between items with imagery. He goes on to present systems by which one can organize information using categories, abbreviations and acronyms, the layout of a home (called "The Roman Room Method"), and pictures and words that aid the recall of numbers. You may use some of these methods already.

Part III shows how a "mental filing cabinet" can be employed in different situations to remember items on a list, objects often mislaid, numbers commonly forgotten, and so on. Two fairly long chapters are devoted to using memory skills in academic settings: studying for tests at optimal times, eliminating distractions, focusing during lectures, and reducing pressure and stress. It's good advice, but there's nothing particularly original here.
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