The Last Lecture

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Hardcover, Hyperion, 2008, ISBN13 9781401323257, ISBN10 1401323251
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Based on the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer, this moving book goes beyond the now-famous lecture to inspire readers to live each day with purpose and joy.

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Based on the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer, this moving book goes beyond the now-famous lecture to inspire readers to live each day with purpose and joy.

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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Number of Pages: 206
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Pausch, Randy ,  Zaslow, Jeffrey
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: April, 2008
ISBN-13: 9781401323257
Digital Video Formats: Hardcover
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.50 x 7.25 x 0.75 IN
ISBN-10: 1401323251
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1/28/2009

Customer review by busyreader

5.0 stars 1/28/2009 by busyreader
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"The Last Lecture" is a book filled with living-life-to-the-fullest advice from a college professor. While to some this might sound as interesting as reading a doctoral dissertation, you'd be surprised. The author, Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, writes so well that you'd probably let him teach you about computers too. Some things he talks about include: remember to laugh, seizing every moment, overcoming obstacles, appreciate the gifts you recieve, and enabling the dreams of others. Although the author died this year, his wisdom will no doubt be around awhile in this very enlightening book. Other books in this genre I liked include "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World".

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4.0 stars 5/20/2011 by Jas99
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This was given to me as a gift by a fellow teacher not long after it first came out and I put it away. As I've been in a bit of a funk lately, I went out and bought several inspirational books to try and lift myself out of this. And I finally got this one down. Pausch's story is remarkable, and I enjoyed his candor, honesty and most of all, his spirit and courage. It was worthwhile, but out of everything I've been reading lately, I loved Buddha in the Classroom; Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers, the best, as it seemed to speak directly to my own feelings and teaching burnout--it inspired me to be more patient and it truly helped me see things differently.

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6/18/2008

Customer review by Teatimes

3.0 stars 6/18/2008 by Teatimes
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A book about Randy and all his accomplishments and success. I would love for his wife to write about her experiences through life with Randy and the challenges she has faced of late. One still has to view the lecture online (1 hour)...not printed word for word in this book but referenced throughout. His lesson segments will be a great guide for his children when they get older. I wish him peace within, most of all. May God bless Randy and family!!

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12/30/2008

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1.0 stars 12/30/2008 by Auras
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The price of the book was the best that I could find in the market, I have to say that. (I bought my book online) But when it comes to the physical aspect of the book, specially the scoring of the pages, is like it was cut with a kitchen knife. In my personal experience with book publishing, the book that I bought had to be taken back to the printers to re-do the work before putting it out on the market for sale.

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9/19/2008

Customer review by Loveroflife1

5.0 stars 9/19/2008 by Loveroflife1
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The timing of this book couldn't be more exact. We just learned that the father of my two girls is going to die in less than 3 months due to pancriatic cancer. I am going to buy a copy of this book for each of the girls and, hopefully, they will be inspired as much as I am. May God Bless everyone who is going through tough times in their lives with losing loved ones.

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