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The Last Lecture

70 Ratings: 4.3
A little guide to life.by Randy Pausch

   "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 … see full wiki

Tags: Books
Author: Randy Pausch
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Entertainment
Publisher: Hyperion
Date Published: April 8, 2008
20 reviews about The Last Lecture
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
This book is great and it forces you to look at your own life and ask whether you are really appreciating life the way you should. Pausch is a great writer. So grateful for this book and my prayers are with his family.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
What an amazing man and a amazing book. One of my favorites.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
Really puts the "big stuff" and "little stuff" into perspective. Organizes how one views life in its entirety.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
This is a true story from someone dying of cancer..
review by . June 23, 2010
This book is a perfect read for people who take their lives for granted. This is written by a beloved college professor before he died. It talks about the bridges we gross, the walls that stop us, and the people that guide us. It is a truely inspirational book that i think every adult should read in their lifetime. it talks about how to go for your dreams no matter how impossible they seem. Life is too short so you have to take advantage of the time that you have becasue it goes by way to fast. …
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Yes, the book has some great moments, but it is overrated. If it weren't for the author's struggle with cancer and sad death, the book would never have become such a highly respected bestseller. Don't get me wrong – it's worth the read. Just don't expect to be fully transformed over the course of a short book.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Inspiring piece of writing.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
i think everyone should read this book. its a true inspiration
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
loved it
Quick Tip by . June 20, 2010
excellent
review by . June 19, 2010
This is a wonderful story of a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University and his battle with pancreatic cancer.  Randy Pausch wants to share his life experience and the important lessons he's learned along the way with his children before he dies.  This experience is all compiled into one "Last Lecture" that Randy gives to a standing room only lecture hall at Carnegie Mellon.  The book highlights some great tidbits on how to make the most of one's …
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
very sad, Randy Pausch has an amazing out look
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Honestly moving- just touching!
review by . May 19, 2010
Randy Pausch was a professor and a father of three when diagnosed with terminal cancer. Invited to give "a last lecture," he threw himself into the project and realized he was leaving a legacy for his children as they grew up without him.      Life lessons are woven into the book, enhanced by details from Pausch's own life - tales about his parents, how he met his wife, the discovery of his cancer and the progression of the disease, and other snapshots of …
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Very realisitc tidbits on what you should really do with your life.
review by . May 07, 2009
I am not the sort that reads a lot of "self help" or "inspirational" books. Usually, if you simply stop and observe your environment or pause to reflect on your life, you should be able to discover some basic truths and inspiration. However, knowing a little about the life of Randy Pausch and the Last Lecture series, I made an exception in this case and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Randy Pausch (with Wall Street Journal writer Jeffrey Zaslow) has written an enjoyable, touching, and …
review by . January 27, 2009
Family, no family. Kids, no kids. 18 years old, 75 years old. I don't care who you are, or what your situation. Reading this book will - in one way or another - change your outlook on life.     Randy takes you through his journey of learning of his illness, the writing of his last lecture, and the lecture itself. I was pleased how they put it all together because at times you can't tell if he is narrating or in the middle of part of his speech.     I lend …
review by . July 26, 2009
You are supposed to cry when you read this book, and I did a lot of that. I think the fact that you read this knowing that the man has less than a year to live as he wrote it makes it even more powerful - and sad.     The book is what you would expect from a professor that is writing about what they've learned in their life. He's a little pompous from time to time and knows that he is being that way, he has a huge ego and isn't afraid to admit it. Unfortunately, his personality …
review by . September 23, 2008
The passing of a good man is never an easy thing to witness. And yet, I think modern American society seems to resist death, that is, death as a natural part of life. We are a youth-obsessed culture, ageism is rampant, and given a choice between youth and wisdom, far too many choose the former. At great loss to all of us.     And so it is a good thing, this gathering around a man dying, and lauding his accomplishments, receiving the simple wisdoms he imparts as he considers his …
review by . August 04, 2008
By now, Randy has passed. The book documents a stressful  bout with pancreatic cancer which is incurable through  most known methods. Although, the complementary medical  practitioners have made some headway with the disease.  Randy's case presented 10 tumors around the liver  and a limited time to live.    His mother was a tough English teacher. Randy dreamed  about being the coolest guy in the amusement park.   A …
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