Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow; New York: Hyperion; 2008. 206 pages, $21.95
Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, adapted his lecture “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” to produce this book. The lecture was framed by the question of what wisdom he would impart to the world in his last opportunity to speak, a topic addressed by many lecturers to sum up their career in teaching. The book and lecture focus on the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, and of seizing every moment. In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration, and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and allowed it to be shared with those of us not able to attend his class.