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The Last Lecture [Hardcover]

Randy Pausch , Jeffrey Zaslow
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10 April 2008
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: 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 gaveReally Achieving Your Childhood Dreamswasnt 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 humour, 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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  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; First Edition edition (10 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323257
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Randy Pausch's moving and inspirational book based on his extraordinary Last Lecture about realising one's dreams and ambitions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that has taken the US by storm 29 April 2008
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The Last Lecture has been top of the top 100 best sellers list for the last month. Quite rightly, as this is a must read book. Professor Randy Pausch, who is struggling with terminal cancer, writes inspiringly about the gift of life and making a difference. He wrote the book for his three very young children and luckily it has been published and so is available to us all. I recommend this book as the ultimate inspirational book - despite some of the chapters wrenching the heart strings.

My daughter of sixteen could not put the book down either and has recommended thoroughly to her friends too.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Lecture Review 22 May 2008
Honestly, one of the best books I've read. Randy Paush not only has something unique and important to say, but the way he has chosen to say it is amazing. I'd rank this book, inspirationally, with THE POWER OF NOW and TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.

Here's the idea of the book: Non-fiction, it is the account of Pausch's "last lecture" which he gave at Carnegie Mellon. Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live so he decides to make some changes in his life--quit his job, be with his family. The title comes from the idea that at Carnegie Mellon, retiring professors are aked to give a "last lecture." So the title is ironic and a play on words in a sense.

While the lecture is for everyone, Pausch really did this for his kids, who were too young at the time to know what was going on. It is so inspirational and its basic premise is that we should get all we can out of life now. I also enjoyed LIFE BEYOND MEASURE: LETTERS TO MY GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER which is somewhat along the same lines as THE LAST LECTURE in that it was what Poitier wanted to leave behind to his great-grandaughter who is too young to really understand things right now.

If you're looking for an inspirational book, and one that will keep you up at night thinking about how to live your life, THE LAST LECTURE is the non-fiction pick for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and humbling 29 Jun 2011
By Freckles VINE VOICE
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I love this book. I have a life threatening illness myself and was recommended The Last Lecture by a member of my support group. What a courageous man...but he would probably have been the last person to admit it. It left me with a feeling of hope and I am certain that is what Randy Pausch intended, but the sadness and helplessness felt by his wife is so well understood and conveyed by him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture 18 Feb 2011
By Marnie
Thoroughly loved this book. It was a great story - honest, real, and full of anecdotes about Randy's life. It is clear from the beginning that Randy isn't a full time literary author, but his honesty and insight into his battle is interesting, humorous, sad... he certainly lived a full life both prior to his diagnosis and after. Would highly recommend this to anyone interested in human tales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant 4 Jan 2010
I couldn't do this book justice if i tried. Watch the lecture, if you like it then get this book and read it through. I'd planned on just reading the first couple of chapters but i ended up reading the whole book in the first sitting. Pausch is amazingly insightful and i'm certain there's something in there to help anyone out. The more personal role the book takes is perfect, i mean the lecture in itself is amazing but having read about his views on his family aswell i'm astounded. I think Pausch really hit's the nail on the head with everything he says about life, some of it is so simple and yet so right that it just makes sence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I feel bad, given the story behind the book, for only giving this 3 stars; however, if you are interested in reading a book of this genre, I would recommend "Tuesdays with Morrie" or some of the other Mitch Albom books ahead of this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lecture, Great Book, Great Man 26 Nov 2009
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Loved this book so much I ordered a couple of extra copies for friends.

At end of book found a website link that takes you to the lecture itself. Both are great and both obviously cover the same topic.

If want to save a tree or a few $ you can enjoy the elcture without reading the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read 20 July 2009
By PureSymmetry VINE VOICE
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Good book, great insights tho the lecture which can be found online summarises what the book is all about. Its worth buying just to cement the concepts that Randy speaks about. This book is strikingly of the most optimistic yet realistic books I have read from a cancer patient. Great apporach to life, well worth the read
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5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly enjoyable
Considering the context this book was written in, I found it's much more enjoyable than I thought it would be which I have to really acknowledge Randy for, his personality really... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jen Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read this
only bought this book because I saw one of my colleagues reading it.
I'm almost certainly helped open up my mind a tiny bit more......
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Published 3 months ago by soeva
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great read, arrived in good condition and a great read worth the purchase for me anyway, great book! Happy customer
Published 3 months ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy died but his lessons are so alive and will be for a long time
"The Last Lecture" by Jeffrey Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow is book about the life of an extraordinary man. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming!
When I heard about this book I knew I had to read it. The lessons are powerful and it takes a lot to write the story of a life that was actually ending. Read more
Published 5 months ago by OS (London)
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Lecture
A must for all young people or aspiring older ones. I watched the lecture on Utube and couldn't wait to get the book for myself and for my grand-children.
Published 6 months ago by Dawn Cutland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase.
What a brilliant book. Really glad I bought it. Makes you think. Maybe if people thought about their lives a bit more, they would realise how lucky they really are.
Published 6 months ago by Ms L C McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely inspirational
If anyone knows a book which is more inspirational than this one, please let me know! As has been said by many others, this book is a "must read" for its inspiring messages... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hugh Shields
5.0 out of 5 stars Speachless
I read in one sitting and was completely drawn into the author's personal story.

This is a horribly difficult subject and easy to ignore but this book makes it possible... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Happy Chappie
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing - did not live up to the reviews
I bought this book on the back of so many reviewers singing its praises and how it changed their lives. I was deeply disappointed with this. Read more
Published 10 months ago by I. Jupp
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