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The Other Wes Moore is the fascinating tale of two men who shared a name and a birthplace; their lives started out in similar circumstances and ended up very differently (one a Rhodes Scholar, the other serving a life sentence in jail). A moving, intelligent, and gripping work.
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Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

In December 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes Scholarship. The same paper also ran a series of articles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police officer in a spectacularly botched armed robbery. The police were still hunting for two of the suspects who had gone on the lam, a pair of brothers. One was named Wes Moore. 

Wes just couldn't shake off the unsettling coincidence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same newspaper. After following the story of the robbery, the manhunt, and the trial to its conclusion, he wrote a letter to the other Wes, now a convicted murderer serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. His letter tentatively asked the questions that had been haunting him: Who are you? How did this happen?

That letter led to a correspondence and relationship that have lasted for several years. Over dozens of letters and prison visits, Wes discovered that the other Wes had had a life not unlike his own: Both had grown up in similar neighborhoods and had had difficult childhoods, both were fatherless; they’d hung out on similar corners with similar crews, and both had run into trouble with the police. At each stage of their young lives they had come across similar moments of decision, yet their choices would lead them to astonishingly different destinies.

Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

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"This intriguing narrative is enlightening, encouraging, and empowering. Read these words, absorb their meanings, and create your own plan to act and leave a legacy." Tavis Smiley, from the Afterword

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"Moving and inspiring, The Other Wes Moore is a story for our times." Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here

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"A tense, compelling story and an inspirational guide for all who care about helping young people." Juan Williams, author of Enough

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"This should be required reading for anyone who is trying to understand what is happening to young men in our inner cities." Geoffrey Canada, author of Fist Stick Knife Gun

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"The Other Wes Moore gets to the heart of the matter on faith, education, respect, the hard facts of incarceration, and the choices and challenges we all face. It's educational and inspiring." Ben Carson, M.D., author of Gifted Hands

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"Wes Moore is destined to become one of the most powerful and influential leaders of this century. You need only read this book to understand why." William S. Cohen, former U.S. senator and secretary of defense

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"[A] compassionate memoir — a story that explores how some survive and others sink in urban battlegrounds." People

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"Startling and revelatory... a rocketing real-life narrative." Baltimore Sun

Synopsis:

The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

Synopsis:

The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

About the Author

Wes Moore is a Rhodes Scholar and a combat veteran of Afghanistan. As a White House Fellow, he worked as a special assistant to Secretary Condoleezza Rice at the State Department. He was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, was named one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders Under 30 (2007), and, most recently, was dubbed one of the top young business leaders in New York by Crain's New York Business. He works in New York City.

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Megan Benson, August 17, 2012 (view all comments by Megan Benson)
The Other Wes Moore really makes you think about how different your life could be had you or your family made even just one decision differently, had you been pushed a little less, or had your circumstances been a little more disadvantaged. An interesting parrallel between two men, two lives, and two fates. Wes Moore effectively illustrates the struggles boys in the inner-city face, and the results we, as a society, allow to happen and are forced to live with.
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kathycrnjo93, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by kathycrnjo93)
This was an amazing book with a very strong message.
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ISBN:
9780385528207
Author:
Moore, Wes
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
memoir;non-fiction;baltimore;poverty;biography;african american;autobiography;crime;education;drugs;race;prison;usa;maryland;social issues;sociology
Subject:
memoir;non-fiction;baltimore;poverty;biography;african american;autobiography;crime;drugs;education;race;sociology;african americans;usa;social issues;prison;maryland
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 8-PP B/W PHOTO INSERTS
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

The Other Wes Moore is the fascinating tale of two men who shared a name and a birthplace; their lives started out in similar circumstances and ended up very differently (one a Rhodes Scholar, the other serving a life sentence in jail). A moving, intelligent, and gripping work.

"Review" by , "This intriguing narrative is enlightening, encouraging, and empowering. Read these words, absorb their meanings, and create your own plan to act and leave a legacy."
"Review" by , "Moving and inspiring, The Other Wes Moore is a story for our times."
"Review" by , "A tense, compelling story and an inspirational guide for all who care about helping young people."
"Review" by , "This should be required reading for anyone who is trying to understand what is happening to young men in our inner cities."
"Review" by , "The Other Wes Moore gets to the heart of the matter on faith, education, respect, the hard facts of incarceration, and the choices and challenges we all face. It's educational and inspiring."
"Review" by , "Wes Moore is destined to become one of the most powerful and influential leaders of this century. You need only read this book to understand why."
"Review" by , "[A] compassionate memoir — a story that explores how some survive and others sink in urban battlegrounds."
"Review" by , "Startling and revelatory... a rocketing real-life narrative."
"Synopsis" by , The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

"Synopsis" by , The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

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