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«The Last Lecture» a book by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

Hello there 🙂
This is my first post in English – I hope you’ll like it!

Today is the perfect day to start reading the book “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow.

But firstly, let’s take a small step back: you should know that this book was inspired by the famous «Last Lecture» given by Professor Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon University, before he died.

You can find the link to this lesson at the end of this article, but don’t be scared about the duration (it’s 1 hour and 16 minutes long) ‘cause it is really spectacular!

So, let’s start!

Writers 

Randy e Jeffrey l’ultima lezione
From left: Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

Randy Pausch
Randy was an American educator, Professor of computer science, human–computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
Pausch learned he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006.
In August 2007, he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”.
He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 2007 at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances.
He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Jeffrey Zaslow

Zaslow was an American author and journalist for The Wall Street Journal.
In September 2007, after he attended the final lecture of Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch, he collaborated with Pausch to write The Last Lecture, released in 2008.
The book by Pausch and Zaslow, translated into 48 languages, and more than five million copies of this book are in print in the U.S.

The last lecture

 

The plot

Let’s be clear, this book isn’t a sad book: Randy Pausch takes us through some of the milestones of his life journey showing plenty of joy, hope, irony, and courage.

His words are a touching and deep witness to a life made extraordinary by the intensity with which it was lived.
Also the book is not a literal transcription of his last lecture lesson, but has been expanded and enriched with anecdotes and “behind the scenes” previously unheard of.

Last Lecture on YouTube 

My opinion

I’ll be very concise, for a change.
You can’t read this book and be left unimpressed.
And you can’t listen his lesson without taking some time to really think about it.

The words of Randy Pausch, trust me, will change your perspective,
Personally I was delighted to get to know this man and his teachings, even if only virtually.

At the end, Pausch’s last lesson is not how to live life but, much modestly, it show us why life is worth living.

The last lecture

The end

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