Tell My Sons: A Father's Last Letters

Tell My Sons: A Father's Last Letters

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At the pinnacle of a soaring career in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber was tapped to serve in a high-profile job within the Afghan Parliament as a military advisor. Weeks later, a routine physical revealed stage IV intestinal cancer in the thirty-eight-year-old father of three. Over the next two years he would fight…  See more details below

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

At the pinnacle of a soaring career in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber was tapped to serve in a high-profile job within the Afghan Parliament as a military advisor. Weeks later, a routine physical revealed stage IV intestinal cancer in the thirty-eight-year-old father of three. Over the next two years he would fight a desperate battle he wasn’t trained for, with his wife and boys as his reluctant but willing fighting force.
 
When Weber realized that he was not going to survive this final tour of combat, he began to write a letter to his boys, so that as they grew up without him, they would know what his life-and-death story had taught him—about courage and fear, challenge and comfort, words and actions, pride and humility, seriousness and humor, and viewing life as a never-ending search for new ideas and inspiration.
 
This book is that letter. And it’s not just for his sons. It’s for everyone who can use the best advice a dying hero has to offer.
 
Weber’s stories illustrate that in the end you become what you are through the causes to which you attach yourself—and that you’ve made your own along the way. Through his example, he teaches how to live an ordinary life in an extraordinary way.

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“A gift to us all . . . Every page exudes courage, honesty, and an indomitable spirit. Mark Weber’s story has touched me in such a profound way.”—Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie
 
Tell My Sons is a deeply moving, personal account of a soldier’s journey into an ultimate frontier. As I read Mark Weber’s book, I was astonished by its honesty, courage, and discipline. This book offers one of the most profound and detailed descriptions of the strange world of cancer and should be essential reading for all of us who seek to understand that topsy-turvy terrain.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies

Tell My Sons is one of the most profound and inspirational stories I have ever read. It may have been written for Mark’s children, but it may as well be a treatise for all of us about honest parenting and leadership with character in love, family, faith, and politics. For a man who is facing profound health issues, Mark is doing a remarkable job showing us all how to live with courage and integrity.”—Walter F. Mondale, former vice president of the United States
 
“This book is why I have always been proud to call Mark Weber my son. His ability to reach across complex boundaries and write and speak with such depth and beauty makes him a modern day Lawrence of Arabia. Mark’s passion, attitude, and thoughts about life are what is best about America.”—General Babakir S. Zibari, chief of defense, Republic of Iraq
 
“A poignant illustration of what being a hero is all about . . . Heroes exemplify invincible courage, character, and perseverance in times of insurmountable odds. Mark embodies these attributes. Tell My Sons will empower the reader with profound lessons of living life with hope and determination.”—John Elway, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback


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“A gift to us all . . . Every page exudes courage, honesty, and an indomitable spirit. Mark Weber’s story has touched me in such a profound way.”—Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie
 
Tell My Sons is a deeply moving, personal account of a soldier’s journey into an ultimate frontier. As I read Mark Weber’s book, I was astonished by its honesty, courage, and discipline. This book offers one of the most profound and detailed descriptions of the strange world of cancer and should be essential reading for all of us who seek to understand that topsy-turvy terrain.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies

Tell My Sons is one of the most profound and inspirational stories I have ever read. It may have been written for Mark’s children, but it may as well be a treatise for all of us about honest parenting and leadership with character in love, family, faith, and politics. For a man who is facing profound health issues, Mark is doing a remarkable job showing us all how to live with courage and integrity.”—Walter F. Mondale, former vice president of the United States
 
“This book is why I have always been proud to call Mark Weber my son. His ability to reach across complex boundaries and write and speak with such depth and beauty makes him a modern day Lawrence of Arabia. Mark’s passion, attitude, and thoughts about life are what is best about America.”—General Babakir S. Zibari, chief of defense, Republic of Iraq
 
 “A poignant illustration of what being a hero is all about . . . Heroes exemplify invincible courage, character, and perseverance in times of insurmountable odds. Mark embodies these attributes. Tell My Sons will empower the reader with profound lessons of living life with hope and determination.”—John Elway, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592985753
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/24/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
222,004
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber was born and raised in Minnesota. He has served a total of twenty-three years in the U.S. Army, with five years as an enlisted soldier in the Minnesota National Guard and nineteen years on active duty as a commissioned officer. He has been stationed throughout the United States, at the Pentagon, in Saudi Arabia, and in Iraq. He is a distinguished alumnus of Minnesota State University, holds master’s degrees in history from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and public policy management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and has served as a policy fellow at the University of Minnesota. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Action Badge. Weber lives in Rosemount, Minnesota, with his wife, Kristin, and their three sons.

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Tell My Sons: A Father's Last Letters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you were dying would you write a letter to your sons to tell them all the things you would have if you were there for them growing up. That is exactly what Mark Weber has done - his letter is the book Tell My Sons, and it is a page turner. I couldn't put this one down and was very moved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Authentic Whether you know Mark Weber personally or not, the lessons and values contained within the pages of his book are clearly meant for any reader. As an 18-year-old female college student, I felt like he was speaking to me. His experiences and insights inspire me to be the best person that I can be. He's helped me examine my own life - what I have and what I don't - and to focus on what I can do with it all. I love reading books that make me cry and laugh, and boy, did I cry both tears of sadness and tears of laughter. It's the best book I have ever read. Mark really knows how to speak to people and awaken the vigor and spirit of the soul with his words. I know I will continue to re-read this book for the insightful lessons it provides for leading a life of character and strength in the face of adversity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great demonstration of strength and character in the face of human struggle. A mix of humor and sadness bring you close to Mark's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that is better read slow, to allow for some self reflection
Anonymous 3 days ago
Excellent book, very heartfelt and well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SOOOOOO SAD! I am to shocked to cry
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Col. Weber has written a beautiful book that his sons will certainly be proud as they become adults.
Dr_Spaz More than 1 year ago
Each chapter is inspirational & full of Life Lessons! Kudo's to the author & my continued prayers to his family!
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This is one of a very few "life altering" reads I have come across in my lifetime. A surprisingly honest yet humorous take on mortality, the book is more of a love letter from a husband, father, soldier and humanitarian to the wife and young boys facing an uncertain future without him. With colorful reflections on past adventures and heartbreaking discussions of present challenges, Weber invokes heartfelt emotion as he reinvents the idea of living life to its fullest. Never failing to learn a valuable lesson from nearly every obstacle (big or small) he's encountered along his journey, the author sums up the most powerful of these lessons in each of this book's eight chapters - in hopes that his sons (and perhaps all readers) can gain perspective, build character, and reach within themselves to leave a positive mark on a world that doesn't often play fair. A must-read book for all ages.
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Jerry_Downey More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on the strength of Mitch Albom's recommendation. I respect Mitch's work, and have all of his books. I thought that "Tell My Sons" would be filled with wonderful nuggets of knowledge and advice that I could pass along to my own son, who is struggling to get his career started. Instead, Weber's book recounted a somewhat normal childhood during which he, like many guys, was picked on by the school bully; marriage to his college sweetheart; arguments with his wife when it came to moving and the usual challenges couples face; a somewhat unusual set of parents and in-laws who were more quirky than most; and his horrible, graphic descriptions of his ongoing bouts with cancer. I had cancer, and it ain't pretty. I didn't expect Weber to dress it up, but I really found no inspiration in how he coped with it. And, the graphic descriptions of how cancer attacked his body became, well, tedious. I found nothing in the book that I could pass along to my son. I was looking for advice along the lines of: "If this happens to you, son, do this." There's nothing like that. Each chapter is based on a line from a speech General Douglas MacArthur gave to the West Point cadets in 1962. But I guess I just didn't find the speech as inspirational as Weber did. I found nothing I could build my life around, or ask my son to build his life around. Nothing to "Tell My Son."
KentBert More than 1 year ago
I've had the fortunate opportunity of hearing Mr. Weber speak at our church and had to buy to book to hear more about his story. I can only wish that I could be so brave staring death in the face as Mr. Weber is doing. I highly recommend this book!