Tell My Sons
A Father's Last Letters
Lt. Col. Mark Weber & Robin Williams
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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 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.
Praise for Tell My Sons
“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
From the Hardcover edition.
Tell My Sons
Everyone should read this book. It speaks to so many of us at different points in our lives. I found it inspirational, funny, terrifying and life-changing. Taking too many blessings for granted and truly identifying what our legacy will be. I'm passing it on to my husband, kids, family and friends. God now blesses you Mark as you shine from above.
A book that makes you think
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book. Having finished it, I can say that few other books have affected me this much. Mark was simply an outstanding man who crammed a lot of living and insight into life in his 41 years. I wish I could have met him in person, though reading his book makes me feel that I understand him.
I plan on getting copies of this book for my three sons and my son-in-law.
Rest easy, Mark. You have served us all in so many ways.
Health Care Executive
As I read this remarkable story, I was moved to tears many times. The journey that Mark has traveled in good health and in bad is so amassing, yet proves the human determination. Having a son in the Army and experiencing the challenges to families when fathers are deployed , I understand the strength that a spouse and children must endure. Mark has written a message that many of us can use in our own lives and I thank him. I pray that his everyday be rewarding with the people he loves.