The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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The Last Lecture Read Online Free - "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!!

Title : The Last Lecture
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ISBN : 1401323251
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 206 pages


Andrew rated it ★★★☆☆

July 27, 2008

I sat down to write my review of “The Last Lecture” on Friday July 25th. Before I started to write, I decided to check Randy Pausch's website for any updates on his condition. He had died that morning at the age of 47. The book, and the lecture itself, now take on new meaning. For those who aren't...

Todd rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 12, 2008

My review of this book will not be popular, but I must be honest. I'm halfway through this book, and although I appreciate a positive voice, it's really not that interesting or helpful. If I could sum up this book in three words, they would be "yay for me". The author tells us how great his child...

Books Ring Mah Bell rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 12, 2009

While this man has a 5-star attitude, I can only give the book two. yeah, everyone is raving about this guy... Five star attitude... the author gets diagnosed with terminal cancer. He refers to this as "an engineering problem" (understated and true) has 3-6 months to live, tops. Has 3 small child...

Heidi rated it ★★★★☆

April 15, 2017

The Last Lecture is Randy Pausch's last hurrah- a final note to the world and his family about how to live, love and let go. It is beautiful. I think that we're all here for a reason and have stories to tell. How fortunate for us all that Randy had the time and ability to tell his particular story...

William rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 18, 2009

No doubt Randy Pausch was a nice guy. But this book is smarmy, self-indulgent crap--which is ok given the circumstances under which he gave this lecture. But it is not worth reading. This is typical 1980's individualistic, unreflective advise on how to succeed in life. Alas, Professor Pausch does...

Lyn rated it ★★★★☆

September 13, 2017

The Last Lecture, literally, for a professor with a terminal illness. Taken from a speech that he wanted to impart to his students, family, friends, - really everyone as he came to grips with his condition. This is about as emotionally charged and spiritually powerful as you may expect, the author...

Beth F. rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2009

I think this was one of those books where knowing the criticisms before starting it ultimately upped my enjoyment factor. Randy Pausch, the author, was one of those people who became wildly popular in 2008 thanks to the internet. He was a popular professor at Carnegie Mellon and was invited to gi...

Kimberly rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2008

I was first "introduced" to Mr. Pausch while watching the Oprah show in the fall. My father in law was in the hospital at the time, fighting melanoma that had metastacized to his lungs. Simply stated, I stopped folding clothes and cried so hard during that show. Soon after, the emails began to ci...

Lindsay rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 26, 2012

It's hard to criticize a dying man. I think this is a great book for his wife, family, children, and friends to read, and although it has some good life lessons that are not revolutionary but do need repeating from time to time, this book is not well written. At points while I was reading I found...

Cara rated it ★★★★★

August 27, 2016

THIS BOOK BLEW ME AWAY!!! Yeah I really won't be able to give a coherent review. Suffice to say that this is human beings at their best. You might not agree with all of Randy's lessons, but he tells you from the get go that this is what he thinks and he did it all for his kids. Towards the end I cr...

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