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The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

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1. The author says to the other Wes, “I guess it’s hard sometimes todistinguish between second chances and last chances.” What do you think he means? What is each Wes’s “last chance”? Discuss the differences in how each one uses that chance and why they make the decisions they do.

2. During their youth, Wes and Wes spend most of their time in crime- ridden Baltimore and the Bronx. How important was that environment in shaping their stories and personalities?

3. Why do you think the incarcerated Wes continues to proclaim his innocence regarding his role in the crime for which he was convicted?

4. The book begins with Wes and Wes’s discussion of their fathers. What role do you think fatherhood plays in the lives of these men? How do the absence of their fathers and the differences in the reasons for their absences affect them?

5. Wes dedicates the book to “the women who helped shape [his] journey to manhood.” Discuss the way women are seen in Wes’s community. What impact do they have on their sons?

6. The author says “the chilling truth is that [Wes’s] story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.” To what extent do you think that’s true? What, ultimately, prevented their stories from being interchangeable?

7. Throughout the book, the author sometimes expresses confusion at his own motivations. Why do you think he is so driven to understand the other Wes’s life?

8. The author attributes Wes’s eventual incarceration to shortsightedness, an inability to critically think about the future. Do you agree?

9. Wes states that people often live up to the expectations projected on them. Is that true? If someone you care for expects you to succeed—or fail—will you? Where does personal accountability come into play?

10. Discuss the relationship between education and poverty. In your discussion, consider the education levels of both Weses’ mothers, how far each man got in his education, the opportunities they gained or lost as a result of their education, and their reasons for continuing or discontinuing their studies.

11. The book begins with a scene in which the author is reprimanded for hitting his sister. Why is it important for conflicts to be solved hrough means other than violence? In what way do the Weses differ in their approaches to physical confrontations, and why?

12. Why is the idea of “going straight” so unappealing to the incarcerated Wes and his peers? What does it mean for our culture to have such a large population living and working outside the boundaries of the law?

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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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This was an amazing book with a very strong message.
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Product Details

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
Copyright:
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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