Alison Winter is associate professor of history at the University of Chicago and the author of Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
"A deft study of twentieth-century memory controversies." (Jenny Diski, London Review of Books) "A splendid book. One might even say a memorable book." (Toronto Globe and Mail) "A riveting account of the past century of work on the science of memory.... Masterful." (Science) "Impressive.... Alison Winter has done an admirable job synthesizing many diverse sources into a tidy cultural history.... A compelling demonstration that the science of memory-like all science-is both a product of and an influence on the culture from which it springs." (Bookforum)"