The Last Lecture A Non-fiction Book Review

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“We cannot change the cards we are deal, just how we play the hand,” (Pausch 17). These were the words of Randy Pausch while speaking about his terminal illness at his final lecture. The title of the book, The Last Lecture, gives an impression of being a sad and disheartening book about the life of a dying man, yet the book is quite the opposite. The Last Lecture, co-authored by Jeffrey Zaslow, is about striving to make your childhood dreams a reality and how he did just that for himself. Pausch urges people to never take time for granted and to seize every opportunity. Pausch reflects his life and provides words of advice for anyone and everyone. Randy Pausch was a professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He also taught at the University of Virginia from 1988 to 1997. He was known to have worked with Adobe, Google, Electronic Arts (EA) and Walt Disney Imagineering. But The Last Lecture was not based on his field of study, but about what he learned about life from these experiences. The book is about what he believes it means to live a good life, therefore, any prejudices are null and void. Pausch wrote this book as a way to impart his values and beliefs to his three young children after he has passed on. Pausch’s inspiring words have led The Last Lecture to become a New York Times best-seller in June 2008 as well as a National best-seller. The book is moving and uplifting and it is difficult to find flaws in such a personal book. Perhaps the biggest issue with the book is that it is hard to imagine people being as honest and optimistic as Pausch describes. Regardless, Pausch unquestionably touches the reader’s heart with his individual experiences and stories and gives the reader a lot to think about. The Last Lecture is organized in an interesting way. A table of contents is provided in the

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