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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. 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


Author Notes

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.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: ... To be Strong Enough to Know When You are Weak, Brave Enough to Face Yourself When You are Afraidp. xix
Chapter 1 ... Not to Seek the Path of Comfort, But to Face the Stress and Spur of Difficulty and Challengep. 3
Chapter 2 ... Not to Substitute Words for Actionsp. 28
Chapter 3 ... To be Proud and Unbending in Honest Failure, But Humble and Gentle in Successp. 50
Chapter 4 ... To Seek Out and Experience a Vigor of the Emotions, a Freshness of the Deep Springs of Lift, an Appetite for Adventure Over Love of Easep. 80
Chapter 5 ... To Seek a Temper of the Will, a Quality of the Imagination, and to Exercise a Temperamental Predominance of Courage Over Timidityp. 107
Chapter 6 ... To be Modest So that You Will Appreciate the Open Mind of True Wisdom, the Meekness of True Strengthp. 128
Chapter 7 ... To be Serious, Yet Never to Take Yourself Too Seriously; to Cry, but also to Laughp. 165
Chapter 8 ... To Discover the Sense of Wonder, the Unfailing Hope of What is Next, and the Joy and Inspiration of Lifep. 187
Epilogue: "How are You Doing?"p. 197
Author's Note and Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Each of these Titles Comes from a Farewell Speech General Douglas Macarthur Delivered in 1962 to the Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point.

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