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The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch

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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Publisher: Hachette Books
Publish Date: 04/08/2008
Pages: 206
ISBN-13: 9781401323257
ISBN-10: 1401323251
Language: English

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September 26, 2008

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Heather Green has written a wonderful review of Jeff Howe's Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business for the September 29 issue of BusinessWeek. After observing that "Books about the crowd are becoming a crowd unto themselves," Green writes: What sets Howe's book apart is his focus on business, an examination of different crowdsourcing models, and a deep dive into academic research to explain why people work together. It's a welcome and well-written corporate playbook for confusing times. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

June 11, 2008

I ran across a David Sedaris interview today over at TIME magazine and found an entire section of their website devoted to interviewing various thought leaders, authors, politicians and the like. The questions are generated by readers and then TIME sends 10 of those questions on to the spotlight person. Featured authors of books we've talked about include: Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture I'm sure you've heard of Randy's moving lecture on following childhood dreams, teamwork and his time at Disney. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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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.

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