"The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch
"The brick walls and there for a reason." - Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
The Last Lecture is a non-fiction biography written by Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, and Jeffery Zaslow, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal. (Online it says this book is a self-help book, but I would consider it a biography as well.)
Randy Pausch had a problem to solve. He had about six months of good health left before cancer killed him. His task was to teach his three young children everything he learned in life. The Last Lecture was the solution. Pausch was able to put into writing his childhood dreams, how he accomplished them, and what lessons he learned along the way.
The organization of this book was perfect. There were smooth transitions from one childhood dream to the next. Pausch's stories were captivating and unique, as I would have never guessed that he would archive some of his goals.
The writing style was simple yet elegant. All of the chapters were straightforward, but they challenged the reader to find the deeper meaning.
My favorite part of the book was the life lessons. I read most of it through tears because I knew the lessons weren't for me, but for the author's children. The transparency of his personal life felt like I was reading something forbidden. This book is available for anyone to read, but I felt privileged to learn about his life, family, friends, career, dreams, failure, and illness.
Simply, I did not have a least favorite part. I loved every chapter, sentence, and word that the author wrote.
Overall, The Last Lecture is in my top 10 favorite books of all time. I couldn't find a flaw if I tired. Due to the flawless writing style, perfect organization, and clear message, I award The Last Lecture 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, as I believe that everyone should try to read this book at some point in their lives.
Here is the link to the video of his last lecture: