I have been searching for several good non-fiction books to read lately and Mastermind is one of my personal top favorites this year.
Mastermind is her first published book and her newest book The Confidence Game is scheduled to come out in January 2016 (I pre-ordered a copy. *Update, it arrived yesterday!). I have not heard of Maria Konnikova until I stumbled on Mastermind as a book recommendation on Amazon (to supply the other psychology related books I was about to order). Initially I was curious because her Wikipedia page mentioned that she was Steven Pinker’s student (I’ve heard his debates on YouTube but not read any of his books before. My boyfriend is also a fan of his works), and also because she has sick credentials;
“She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, creative writing, and government, and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.”
Not that it should in any way bias my review of the contents in her book (ironically in Mastermind she warns us against this sort of priming). However, it gave me confidence that the material I was about to read are from the latest findings in cognitive psychology and are from very credible sources. So I initially bought this book on face value. I didn’t know what what to expect from reading it. I just loved the idea that you could possibly train your mind to become as sharp and smart like Sherlock Holmes. It really did not disappoint, I would even say that this book changed my outlook and mindset on life.