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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2013
Pausch's "Last Lecture" is a triumph of the best mindset contained within the human spirit. A mixture of life advice and autobiography, Pausch pours his heart out into this text to better all of us, his readers. Through the book, Pausch's courage in the face of death exemplifies what it means to have lived well, meeting many of the philosophical standards of Socrates, in his "Apology." And Pausch is refreshingly philosophical about his life and his then-coming tragedy, giving reason after reason as to why one might, even in the face of Thanatos, carry on the celebration of life to the end. Personally, my skin is quite thick when it comes to inspirational stories of any like, but Pausch's is penetrating, and I found it impossible to shake off his ability to inflict my heart with musings of the ultimate, and moving me to reassess my day-to-day perspective on life. That's how Pausch operates in his lecture: he works his way into our hearts by showing us how incredibly human he is (e.g., letting us in on his childhood dreams), breaking his terrible news of death to us, and then, when he's got us affected, he moves us to contemplation. In this philosophical contemplation, which is virtually an existentialist cry to the effect of continued, unremitting overcoming of obstacles (e.g., brick walls are built to show us how badly we want something), he is able to illustrate the splendors of life and teach us why we ought to value every minute aspect of it.

I have encountered few modern works that have achieved the emotively moving expression of this book and its ability to get to the core of the reader, penetrating the heart and plumbing the mind. This is one of those books that everyone needs to read, and the younger, the better. This is one that should not be put off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I use this book in many ways. Classes receive many of the quotes from Dr. Pausch. I have also used it in a college first year experience class with the theme of Achieving Your Childhood Dream of a college degree and how to "break down the brick walls". Finally, we use it as a graduation gift for our Hospitality graduates letting them know you have to work hard to get what you want. Dr. Pausch's Last Lecture was my inspiration to achieve my Doctorate degree and got me through many days when I wanted to quit. It is a book that has tabs and notes for referral. I highly recommend the book and the inspirational video on Carnegie Mellon's site.

Denise A. Braley, Ed.D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2014
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 myself actually disliking Pausch and his way of presenting himself, but then I realized that this would perhaps make me a horrible person. Maybe I am.

I very much prefer Tuesdays With Morrie for a similar message that is presented in a more eloquent way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2014
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This is a wonderful read, I recommend that everyone reads it, because there are many important lessons to life that apply to people of all ages. The book came in great condition and was shipped fairly quickly. Overall great experience ordering, receiving, and reading this book.
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on August 13, 2013
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This is a very thought provoking book. The only negative, if it can be viewed as negative, is that this is a family that has many resources available to them which are not available for most people. Still, the situation was a hard one and the choices made give you pause for thought as you navigate your own journey or that of a loved one.
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on September 14, 2014
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Even though I had previously not heard of this man or his book of imparting wisdom, my freshman daughter's entire school was assigned this as summer reading as a way of connecting a community. always wanting to be aware of my children's education and also wanting to be connected, I needed to read it and am glad I did.

As many people probably already know about Randy Pausch, it is no secret that he has since passed on, but left behind his thoughts on living a good life. of course, he was extremely saddened and upset about his cancer forecast, but decided he would rather live out his remaining days as happily as possible rather than wallow in what would eventually become of him.

Pausch was an inspiring and respected professor at Carnegie Mellon and was asked to deliver one final lecture before leaving his position to spend all of the time he could with his young family. I like to think that I live my life "glass half full" and follow many of the recommendations he writes about such as honesty, happiness and hard work. I know I have fallen off of the wagon in these areas a time or two, I think it is important to make ammmends and move on; to try to live with no regrets.

My favorite piece of advice of his is that "earnest is better than hip". He believed that earnestness comes from the core while hip is trying to impress you with the surface. I think he achieved that in his life and left a legacy in that way to his wife and children. They will always be proud that he was their husband/father even though he left them far too soon.
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on June 28, 2014
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Amazing novel, reread it many times and learned so much from it! Recommend it to everyone and anyone, gave it as a present as well!
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on June 18, 2014
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Great book, sad story. Enjoyed what the author had to say. Recommend the book to anyone, he ( author) did a great job in a very sad situation. God Bless Him & his family.
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Touching, inspirational, courageous. The Last Lecture is the stirring roar of the injured lion, computer science professor Randy Pausch. Randy Pausch, loving husband of Jai and father of 3 children under the age of eight, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 47.

The Last Lecture spans the decades from his early childhood to his final months. The vignettes are unforgettable and breathe with vitality. His true stories make you smile, or shed a tear, or nod your head in agreement, or say, “I gotta give this book to my kids.”

Each story is like an Aesop Fable or Zen Parable. Personal stories of Disneyland, Star Trek and Captain Kirk, floating in Zero Gravity, running into “brick walls”, finding “the one”, flying in a hot air balloon, achieving his dreams… all have “head fakes” (as Pausch likes to call them). His stories teach crucial life lessons in an amiable and stimulating way.

Pausch’s Last Lecture is a legacy for his young children and wife, and we get to share in his generosity. We, too, are the beneficiaries of his well-lived life, his wit, and his wisdom (which includes a brilliant road map to happiness and fulfillment).

One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. Highly recommended.
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on April 28, 2014
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I consider this to be one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. This man was a truly down to earth, nice person.

I especially was inspired by his positive outlook on life even after he knew how sick he was, and I liked the way he left a legacy

for his wife and young children.
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