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About the Author

Marilyn vos Savant's "Ask Marilyn" column is featured in "Parade" magazine every Sunday. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Second Printing edition (August 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553353489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553353488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brain Building is a workbook for improving your intelligence, but it's much more. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the unconventional, down-to-earth, downright fun "exercises". The author provides an array of effective, specific techniques and strategies for improving your understanding of and facility with words, numbers, logic, and life, in general. I worked through it several years ago and it literally changed my life. Not a day goes by that I do not draw on its ideas which range from assembling an "intellectual first aid kit" to how to analyze a newspaper editorial. Beautifully written in vos Savant's clear, powerful, concise style, each "exercise" is a gem of wisdom. "Brain Building" is my toolkit for coping with the vortex which is life in America at the dawning of a new millenium.
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If I could give a copy of this book to every person on the planet, I would. I cannot count the number of fundamental insights into understanding life and living that this book has given me.
Starting with the single most vital point "your brain is the most important thing that you own", Marilyn Vos Savant goes on to illuminate the many different facets of thinking, pointing out common mistakes and providing exercises to improve each area.
I would consider the second essential point to be "just as physical exercise is required for physical fitness, mental exercise is necessary for mental fitness." The exercises themselves are very informative. Generally, they are tasks which materially improve one's life, while working out specific areas of the intellect.
Hmmmm.... this may be overly melodramatic, but I would summarize by saying, "Life is a journey, but if you lead it in a smart fashion, it will be much more productive and rewarding." _Brain Building_ is a guidebook toward a better journey.
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Altough this book did not live up to its title of brain building, it was still an interesting read. This was mostly due to the interesting ways the author thinks about and relates to many common occurences. The author also writes intelligently and shares a great deal of knowledge and wisdom with the reader throughout the text. The actual brain building techniques are simple, everday excercises that don't do much in the way of making an individual smarter (maybe they work for the author's point of view, which is defined as how an individual could score higher on an IQ test). I did, however, feel smarter after reading the author's prose throughout the course of the book, which makes this a book that is a worthwhile read, but not a groundbreaking discovery of a way to make people smarter.
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There are two books that come to mind that, though they do not fall in the realm of religious inspiration, are so thought-provoking that they are life changing. They are: 1. Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin and 2. Brain Building: Exercising Yourself Smarter, the latter of which I will comment on.
I purchased this book about 4 years ago when I was working a full-time job and going to graduate school to earn a Master of Education degree in Mathematics. The math courses suited me for the most part, since they pertained to both my major and my interests in working with numbers. The education courses, on the other hand, were intimidating, because I grew up with an inferiority complex about my abilities to perform in courses that demanded both extensive amounts of reading and the ability to comprehend several themes and passages.
It was during this period that, because I was going to school and working full-time simultaneously, on many days the only opportunities I had to study were either during my lunch hour or right after I arrived home late at night with thoughts of having to be back at work the next morning. Fortunately, it was also then that I was already enthralled enough with Marilyn's books and Parade column to buy this publication.
Among the several helpful suggestions Marilyn pointed out in this book is that when reading, do not hesitate to write your thoughts and opinions in the margins alongside key paragraphs and sentences. This particular approach, in a manner of speaking, places you on a more equal footing with the professor or author, and it is a valuable reminder that your interpretations and viewpoints are just as important as, if not more important than, the material you are trying to focus upon.
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I bought this book and completed it in less than a week - not 12 weeks. I think you will too. It is informative, insightful but most important of all: FUN to do the "Brain" exercises whilst learning about the brain(you). I bought it over 6 years ago and it still delights and haunts me.
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i'm glad to see that even the smartest person in the world is underlying local (USA) mentality. regardless the beautiful fact that we ALL are humans, i learned some tricks which help me to master daily standard problem-situations better. this makes this book absolutly worth being read.
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She writes with eloquence, even if she's a bit of a vocabulary enthusiast. But it's basically a workbook where she wants you to do some activity to expand your horizons every week or so. Like "summarize a newspaper editorial in as few words as possible and ask your friends if they get the gist of it" or "look up a new word every day", mixed in with some brainteasers here and there.

It was enjoyable enough to read and play with the exercises, but it's one of those books you have to revisit. Ideally, you'd spread the reading of it over a year or so and work through the exercises as you go. But once I start, I have to get through it.

I have yet to actually implement the program as she's presented it, but the exercises are good, and no doubt if you applied yourself to this program over the year, you'd be very well set.
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