A while ago Judit Szathmáry introduced us to Randy Pausch through a video on her blog. I have just run a search on her blog but I cannot find the reference to it but you will be able to find the same video on Mr Pausch’s website.
As I was buying Christmas presents at the Johannis book store I discovered this: The Last Lecture, Die Lehren meines Lebens, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow. It is the book of the video, plus a lot more.
I hadn’t realised that it had been published. Randy Pausch died in 2008, a few months after this book was published.
I bought it for my friend for her birthday next week instead of as her Christmas present, so that I have had time to read it myself, first.
Perhaps I should not say that it is a good holiday read, but it is. Perhaps I should not say it made me smile a lot, but it did.
It also made me cry and I learnt a lot from Randy’s wise words in this book that he wrote as his legacy for his three young children.
Although the actual “Last Lecture” was accompanied by hundreds of slides, I did not miss the visuals here, as the text is written in such detail that I could visualise all that I needed to. The book has many extra bits that are not included in the original lecture, and it is interesting to “hear” this lecture from Randy’s mouth but at the same time as if he was an observer.
Perhaps it could be a last-minute Christmas present for yourself or a good friend. It is quick to read but by no means an easy read.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, ISBN 978-3-442-47137-9 WG 2110