Each of the chapters in Maximum Brainpower is a cogent and well-constructed essay on one aspect or another of cognitive and/or brain function. The weakness of this book, however, was that I did not always feel there was a solid through line with discernible segues between the chapter topics. Therefore I feel the authors' message was somewhat more diffuse than perhaps it was meant to be. In addition, the subtitle of the book, "Challenging the Brain for Health and Wisdom," raised an expectation for me that the book was going to include specific task suggestions and exercises to approach cognitive fitness, but this was not the case. In this regard, the weaknesses of the book appear to be more expectational than literal.
Maximum Brainpower is readable for a non-scientific layperson and yet manages to communicate a great deal of scientifically accurate information. Readers who are interested in separating the truth from the bunk in terms of our more recent understanding of brain science will find Maximum Brainpower to be a satisfying read.