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Tell My Sons: A Father's Last Letters Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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“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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As one of the author's former Soldiers, I had high hopes for Tell My Sons. Mark exceeded even my lofty expectations. His wit, candor, and courage are alive in its pages. If you know Mark, or if you've heard him speak, you'll recognize some of the book's anecdotes, stories, and inspiration. His honesty in describing his life, career, and especially the past couple of years is striking.
The author relates the often-humorous details of his life before the Army, describes an exemplary military career, and most importantly tells of his decision to embrace life in the face of adversity that would cause a lesser man to retreat.
Six stars. Read this book. You'll be glad you did.
The YouTube link, "The Last Lecture - Army Style", is included at the end of this post.
After watching the speech and being completely blown away by it, I was excited to hear that Lt. Col. Weber has writing a book. I have read the book and it is outstanding. It left me amazed, grateful, and inspired to do more with my life.
Lt. Col. Weber and his family open their lives and hearts to the reader with unbridled honesty. In a world where most people in his situation would want to check out, Lt. Col. Weber handles his situation with courage, dignity, tenderness, and grace. He allows the reader insight into moments with his wife, family, and friends that we ourselves will someday face.
The book is truly an inspiration and I highly recommend it to you.
Youtube Link - The Last Lecture - Army Style
Now to the book review: it was an amazing ride. There were times I couldn't help but laugh for minutes straight, and others where I couldn't help but cry. The messages and lessons he is leaving for his children are stories we can all learn from and be inspired by. The best message I gleaned from the book is this: you will face obstacles, or "Bufords" as LTC Weber calls them, in your life. What matters is how you respond. As evident by how he has dealt with his diagnosis, LTC Weber is a fighter who faces adversity head on. He is also something I am trying very hard to be: a devoted husband and father while being a successful Army officer. Reading how he got to where he is and the lessons he learned along the way has been a privilege. I was lucky to have learned from him personally and through this book.
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A great father, who shows his true courage and love of family while facing death head on!Published 3 months ago by Stephen Bergin
Good message written clearly if simplistically. His bio is interwoven into the messages. Very compelling on an emotional level; it lacks some sophistication, but a worthy read... Read morePublished 6 months ago by brodgers
A one of a kind book. Written with much inside during what must have been an impossibly hard time. Excellent read!Published 6 months ago by john kappen
I found this book inspiring, sad and it ticked me off too. The fight for his life and the fight to make memories for his boys was not only heart rending but made me want to stand... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lisa M Dorris
I was expecting more and was somewhat disappointed. The media hype was misleading.Published 7 months ago by Coastal Eddy