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The last lecture /
Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow.
edition
First Hachette Books hardcover edition
imprint
New York : Hachette, 2015.
description
x, 206 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
ISBN
9781401323257
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Book
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imprint
New York : Hachette, 2015.
isbn
9781401323257
contents note
Introduction -- The last lecture -- Really achieving your childhood dreams -- Adventures... and lessons learned -- Enabling the dreams of others -- It's about how to live your life -- Final remarks -- Acknowledgments.
abstract
The author, a computer science professor diagnosed with terminal cancer, explores his life, the lessons that he has learned, how he has worked to achieve his childhood dreams, and the effect of his diagnosis on him and his family.
catalogue key
11517725
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Audie Award, USA, 2009 : Won
Virginia Reader's Choice Awards, USA, 2009 - 2010 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2008-05-26:
Made famous by his "Last Lecture" at Carnegie Mellon and the quick Internet proliferation of the video of the event, Pausch decided that maybe he just wasn't done lecturing. Despite being several months into the last stage of pancreatic cancer, he managed to put together this book. The crux of it is lessons and morals for his young and infant children to learn once he is gone. Despite his sometimes-contradictory life rules, it proves entertaining and at times inspirational. Surprisingly, the audiobook doesn't include the reading of Pausch's actual "Last Lecture," which he gave on September 18, 2007, a month after being diagnosed. Erik Singer provides an excellent inflective voice that hints at the reveries of past experiences with family and children while wielding hope and regret for family he will leave behind. The first CD is enhanced with photos. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Main Description
"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 aboutliving. 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.
Main Description
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." --Randy Pausch. When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, was asked to give a "last 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.
Table of Contents
The Last Lecturep. 1
Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreamsp. 19
Adventures... and Lessons Learnedp. 55
Enabling the Dreams of Othersp. 105
It's About How to Live Your Lifep. 129
Final Remarksp. 199
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