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The Last Lecture Paperback – 24 Jun 2010
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A New York Times bestseller with over 8 million copies sold, Professor Randy Pausch's moving and inspirational book is based on his extraordinary Last Lecture. 'We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.'See all Product description
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A man who instead of grieving when he learned that he will die from the terminal disease after several months, through this book and the last lecture at his university summarizes his memories and life experiences in order to leave them as a legacy to his young children and his beloved wife, but also to the whole world .
"The Last Lecture" book together with the video you can find on YouTube and his website are containing his whole presentation together with his many wise observations about family, children, work, friends and life in general.
Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who also worked as a virtual reality world consultant for Disney company. His university has a tradition to invite its professors to give a last lecture when they're leaving University as a symbolic chance to address to their students for the last time. Randy also took that chance but instead only speaking about his profession he spoke about lot of small events and memories that happened during his life that made him such a beloved person, that made him happy man although he know that will die (too) soon.
Starting from the things he said on the lecture start when he is calling his cancer elephant in the room, up to the end when he said that this complete lecture wasn't for the audience but for his wife and kids, his talking is full of hope and humor although he is literally living his last days.
And although his lecture and this book are about his life, the events that happened to him are happening to all of us in our lives. Therefore, his advices of a man who says goodbye to this world, even though he had much more to give and will be missed very much as a father, husband, friend and expert are full of emotions, smart but most important applicable and useful to each of us.
He speaks things clearly because he has no more time, and although dying his words is full of optimism, hope and humor. Maybe you will disagree with some of his advices, like the one about the brick walls in our lives with whom I don't agree completely but he must be given credit because the whole of his life he was saying and doing things he believed, though due to that he wasn't always the most popular (teacher, husband, son...).
In Randy's book every person can find at least something that can help to be a better, inside there is a bit of wisdom for every one of us.
Randy Pausch died when he was 47 but his lecture and his lessons are so alive and will be for a long time.