The Last Lecture - eBook  -     By: Randy Pausch
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Hachette Books / 2008 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Hachette Books
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781401395513
ISBN-13: 9781401395513

Publisher's Description

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."---Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A practical and soul searching book.
    February 16, 2012
    Beryl Pearson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Last Lecture.
    Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down, even though we won't be discussing it until April.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 13, 2009
    Eloise Gwinn
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Last Lecture.
    I'd recommend this book for everybody near to deaths door or not, this really gives a sense of priority on what matters most in life and how what one does now can last a lifetime for those left behind.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 16, 2009
    Margaret King
    This review was written for The Last Lecture.
    Take the time to buy and read this book. A wonderful legacy he has passed on to his family. Very heartwarming, easy to read and you will not want to put it down.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 28, 2009
    This review was written for The Last Lecture.
    While agreeing with all the other reviews -- I was deeply disappointed there was no mention or credit given to God about the strong and vibrant way Randy led his last days of life. Nowhere did he proclaim God's peace or strength. I felt like it was a missed opportunity to share with others the truth about what God can really do in times that would be darkest and saddest for most people who are not believers.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 14, 2009
    Joyce Cardin
    This review was written for The Last Lecture.
    I found this book wonderful to read, very enlightening. What a wonderful legacy to leave for his children. His attitude on life was so positive. If only we all could live a life like that!
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