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ISBN13: 9781588369697
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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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Traces the parallel lives of two youths with the same name born a year apart in the same community, describing how the author grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow and promising business leader while his counterpart suffered a life of violence and imprisonment.

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BONUS: This edition contains a new afterword and a The Other Wes Moore discussion guide.

The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. Thetragedy 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 neighborhoodsand 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 businessleader, 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 fromheart-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.

Table of Contents

Part I. Fathers and angels : Is daddy coming with us? — In search of home — Foreign ground — Part II. Choices and second chances : Marking territory — Lost — Hunted — Part III. Paths taken and expectations fulfilled : The land that God forgot — Surrounded — Epilogue — Afterword — A call to action / Tavis Smiley.

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Marcia Arganbright, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Marcia Arganbright)
This biography caused me the think about the paths that our lives take. Two men...same city....same age.....similar past...very different futures. I was touched by the commitment to another human being that Wes Moore the author showed. The book was written so we could feel the connections and separations. A great choice for a book discussion.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781588369697
Subtitle:
One Name, Two Fates
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Illustrator:
Barrow, Ann
Author:
Moore, Wes
Author:
Smiley, Tavis
Author:
Wes Moore
Author:
Tavis Smiley
Subject:
Juvenile Nonfiction : Language Arts - General
Subject:
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Youth -- Conduct of life.
Subject:
Baltimore (Md.)
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Audio Books-African American Studies
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Self Help-Memoirs
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-BIOGRAPHY
Subject:
Self-Help/Biography
Subject:
American Studies-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100427
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
233

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Product details 233 pages Spiegel & Grau - English 9781588369697 Reviews:
"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.

"Synopsis" by , Traces the parallel lives of two youths with the same name born a year apart in the same community, describing how the author grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow and promising business leader while his counterpart suffered a life of violence and imprisonment.
"Synopsis" by , BONUS: This edition contains a new afterword and a The Other Wes Moore discussion guide.

The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. Thetragedy 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 neighborhoodsand 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 businessleader, 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 fromheart-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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