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ISBN13: 9781401323257
ISBN10: 1401323251
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"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.

Review:

"I defy you to finish it without a box of tissues. Friendly in tone, this book is light-hearted but not as willfully jokey as the lecture....The text focuses more cleanly on the nitty-gritty of making a good life." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"Throughout the book, the author is frank about his emotions but never maudlin....I'm grateful that Randy Pausch chose to do his last lecture, and that through this book we can share it too." BookReporter.com

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"The book isn't just a compendium of life lessons. It also contains surprisingly honest stories of his upbringing, how he met and wooed his wife, Jai, and why each of his children is special to him." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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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. Photos.

About the Author

Randy Pausch was a Professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He was an award-winning teacher and researcher, worked with Adobe, Google, Electronic Arts (EA), and Walt Disney Imagineering, and pioneered the Alice project. He passed away on July 25, 2008, of pancreatic cancer.

Jeffrey Zaslow, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, attended the last lecture, and wrote the story that helped fuel worldwide interest in it. He lives in suburban Detroit with his wife, Sherry, and daughters Jordan, Alex and Eden.

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dkblood11, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by dkblood11)
While reading this book I kept flashing to a picture of my son, as a three year old, and his dad racing around the backyard. If something were to happen to his father my son would not have enjoyed the life he has had. This book was written eloquently and is a tribute to Mr. Pausch's sons.
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dajotrtrke, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by dajotrtrke)
Love this book. It is so inspirational. Everyone should read it.
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pattiea, January 15, 2010 (view all comments by pattiea)
A very inspirational book on living your life to the fullest, whether you have been diagnosed with terminal cancer or not.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401323257
Author:
Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
Publisher:
Hyperion
With:
Zaslow, Jeffrey
Author:
Zaslow, Jeff
Author:
Pausch, Randy
Author:
Zaslow, Jeffrey
Subject:
General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Terminally ill
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Cancer -- Patients -- United States.
Subject:
Death -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080408
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photos t/o
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7 x 125 in 9.76 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 224 pages Hyperion Books - English 9781401323257 Reviews:
"Review" by , "I defy you to finish it without a box of tissues. Friendly in tone, this book is light-hearted but not as willfully jokey as the lecture....The text focuses more cleanly on the nitty-gritty of making a good life."
"Review" by , "Throughout the book, the author is frank about his emotions but never maudlin....I'm grateful that Randy Pausch chose to do his last lecture, and that through this book we can share it too."
"Review" by , "The book isn't just a compendium of life lessons. It also contains surprisingly honest stories of his upbringing, how he met and wooed his wife, Jai, and why each of his children is special to him."
"Synopsis" by , 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. Photos.
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