I finished reading The Last Lecture a few days ago but never got around to writing this review. Anyways, "The Last Lecture" is an all inclusive read for any reader, no matter what the goal of the reader is. For example some people only read personal development, leadership, science, psychology, history, fiction, war, non-fiction, etc. But this book hits the spot for any reader no matter the audience. As well this book is easily accessible for ages 14+ the language is not too difficult to understand, the chapters are short, concise and jam packed with information.
A little about the author though, Randy Pausch. He was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon. I am not a big computer science and or virtual reality person but Carnegie Mellon is the top school for computer science. Before his days as a professor at Carnegie Mellon he worked at the University of Virginia also. He was an award-winning teacher, researcher and worked with Adobe, Google, Electronic Arts and Walt Disney imagineering program pioneering the Alice project. The man was a well respected and renowned professor and researcher in the computer science department. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer managed to fight it off but it came back and the doctors told him he had six months to live. Therefore that is when Randy sat down, wrote this book and gave his "Last Lecture" to the crowd at Carnegie Mellon.
As you can assume this book has a very touching feel to it. The words are literally coming from a dying man and that dying man took the time out of his life and his remaining six months to write this book to share all the powerful insights and lessons he learned as a father, husband, student, professor, leader, mentor...
There is 61 chapters and it reads 206 pages, realistically this book can take someone two days to read, for me it took me about six days due to a lot of moving parts in my life. If I had to label some of the best insights from this book it would probably come in the meat (middle) of the book. Chapters 15-45. During those chapters I would highlight and then write one to three bullet points of the most useful information I got from the chapter. I really enjoyed this book because Randy gives you insights from why it's important to enjoy the small things in life, take it easy, people are more important than things, experiences with loved ones we should always cherish and never take for granted, how to deal with adversity, what do you do when a brick wall presents itself in your life, the importance of love, sometimes it's ok to embrace the dents and gashes in your life, the brutal truth is better than bullsh*t, being honest can set you free, time is all you have, are you spending time doing the right things?, don't set the bar low for those around, raise it and they will raise themselves. I can go on and on about the little notes I wrote from this book but I would be spoiling the book. I highly recommend, anyone from age 14 to 100 read this book. It is a very short read and something that should be required for all young individuals especially to read.
The book can be found on Amazon for about $8-12, at Barnes and Noble as well or any online store.