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'The Last Lecture' Overview and summary

Updated on September 13, 2013

Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Overview and Summary

I have long been a voracious reader. I have an addiction to books, I must admit,though, I have never read a more touching, inspiring and more heartbreaking book such as Professor Randy Pausch's 'The Last Lecture'. I was informed of this autobiography in college. My public speaking professor highly recommended it and called it, "a great read," so my curiosity captured the best of me and I happened to find it at a local book store. I soon finished the book in complete awe. I contemplated how one person can maintain a positive outlook throughout their struggle with pancreatic cancer, and having to say goodbye to their family and friends. Randy was indeed a very intellectual being with a bright view on who he was and who he should be. Although he never expected to have such a turnout to his last lecture, held at his old lecture hall at Carnegie Mellon University and dedicated to his family, he was overwhelmed with joy as his last legacy would not only be remembered and shared with his loved ones, students and friends, but a wide variety of the general public who watched the lecture later on. His legacy to his children was simply to Achieve your childhood dreams, learn your lessons well and enable the dreams of others.

Randy's truly inspiring book, which was co-written by Columnist of The Wall Street Journal, Jeffery Zaslow, is humorous, enjoyable, compelling and very heartfelt as it was written in his last days. Even the most unbelieving of readers can surely appreciate the significance of this amazing book, The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. I highly suggest you go out and pick up a copy, not only as a dedicated reader, but as a fellow survivor of Cancer, myself.

In Conclusion

This book is a definite must read. I have been recommending it to all my friends and students ever since I read it. By far, the most inspiring and touching book I have ever read.

Randy Pausch's awesome lecture.


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    • Eric Prado profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Prado 

      7 years ago from Webster, Texas

      I agree. I read it in college and I did the same. Thanks so much for the comment. =)

    • gis_r07 profile image


      7 years ago from Boston, MA

      Ohoh.Typo. "book", not "books"

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      7 years ago from Boston, MA

      I read this books; there were so many touching moments spent with his family during his final days. I literally sat and cried at times. The notes and videos he left his kids were priceless. What a heartbreaking yet beautiful story indeed! Thanks for the review!


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