Randy Pausch is a professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1988 to 1997, he taught at the University of Virginia. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher, and has worked with Adobe, Google, Electronic Arts (EA), and Walt Disney Imagineering, and pioneered the Alice project. He lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.
Jeffrey Zaslow, a columnist with for the Wall Street Journal, attended the Last Lecture, and wrote the story that helped fuel worldwide interest in it. He lives in suburban Detroit with his wife, Sherry, and daughters Jordan, Alex, and Eden.
The book in one sentence: Randy Pausch is diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and his desire to live his remaining life to the fullest led him to do the Last Lecture about fulfilling childhood dreams, which is also in a way his memoir.
Who would you recommend it to: People who like inspirational reads. Even if you’re not into self-help books like me (though this isn’t really a self-help book), this is a nice read because it’s sort of a memoir of an inspiring man.
OK bits: I pretty much like the whole book.
Boring bits: Nothing boring in particular.
Verdict: This is the current bestseller in Malaysia, and it’s not hard to see why. It is a story of a dying man, but it is full of optimism for life. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to be a better person after reading it. Or at least change the way you see life! A good, quick read.