What Are the Best Memory Books to Read?

If you are new to memory techniques, start with our free PDF e-booklet and then try some of the books below.

These books are about how to use the memory techniques:

  • Quantum Memory Power by Dominic O’Brien is a great place to start if you are new to memory techniques. It's a set of CDs that take you through the basic principles. Dominic O'Brien is an eight-time World Memory Champion and is also a master at teaching the techniques.
  • You Can Have an Amazing Memory by Dominic O’Brien is a new book that is worth reading in addition to Quantum Memory Power.
  • How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week by Dominic O’Brien is a short book that makes a good reference for various techniques mentioned in other books like Quantum Memory Power..

These books are about the history or cultural influence of memory techniques:

  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer gives a general overview of the world of "mental athletes". The book doesn't explain how to use memory techniques, but it's a good book if you want a general introduction to the field.
  • The Memory Code by Lynne Kelly is a mind-blowing book that explores the influence of memory techniques in oral cultures, tracing them back many thousands of years ago, well before the Ancient Greeks.
  • The Art of Memory by Frances Yates is a classic book about the history of memory in Western civilization. She doesn't use or explain the techniques, but this is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the history of memory techniques in Western civilization.

See Josh’s memory books reading list for additional ideas.

Some of our members also have published books including, in alphabetical order of username:
@aemind, @Boris, @decision, @JamesSmith, @janivanhansen, @jonythoughtcloud, @LynneKelly, @metivier, @Parkouristx, @tansel, and @Zoomy. (If we’ve missed anyone, please email [email protected] with a link to your profile and book.)

If you would like to start reading about memory techniques right away for free, check out our memory techniques wiki.