The Other Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore

One Name, Two Fates

eBook - 2010
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2010.
ISBN: 9781588369697
Characteristics: 1 computer file (11250 KB) :,digital, EPUB file.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Mar 28, 2018

My Book is titled “ The Other Wes Moore “ By Wes Moore. This book basically is a story of two males , Both Named wes Moore And both had almost similar childhoods They both end up with two totally different fates . I felt really good about this book. It kinda got confusing at one point because I didn’t know which Wes Moore they were talking about , but it's a really good book . It never has a boring moment , always something to hook the reader on . This is the first Wes Moore book I have read and hopefully I can find more books by him because this one caught my attention . This is easily one of the best books I’ve read maybe ever. I started reading this book in 8th grade in my reading class but never got to finish it . I then saw this book in Mrs. Fox’s class and I gave the book another chance and it surprised me alot . I really do recommend this book to everyone to be honest. This book is 100% real so all the events that happened were real . This book also shows you life lessons , things not to do that the characters in this book do and ultimately receive consequences for their actions. I advice for teens to read this book mostly because it does have bad words in them , but it doesn’t have a specific group , this book is just that good.

Apr 15, 2017

This book was a fascinating study of the side-by-side lives of two men with the same names but very different futures. Their lives begin in the same neighborhoods yet one ends up in prison and the other in prison for life.

The incarcerated Wes More speaks of the necessity of recognizing the difference between a second chance and a last chance. This distinction is pivotal to the story. Both young men face those second chances and by the grace of God the author uses his second chances to progress in life. The book truly does show the truths in the "There but for the grace of God go I" sentiment.

I would also point to the strong religious convictions shown by the author's grandparents. In my experience, the reformed faith is effective in grounding God's children in the truths and blessings of His sovereignty. Soli deo gloria!

Jun 08, 2016

Great read! It gives insight onto how the choices a person can make effects the rest of their lives.

May 09, 2015

This book was nicely written and does a good job of showing how so many of us are a like but it's people that are in/not in our lives that makes us different.

Mar 20, 2015

The Other Wes Moore had caught my eye repeatedly for a number of years at my library before I finally picked it up to read myself. It is a personal tale of both inspiration and tragedy surrounding two men who share the same name and grow up in similar, challenging neighborhoods, but whose lives ultimately diverge, setting them on very different paths. Wes Moore (henceforth referred to as Wes 1) has just been announced as a Rhodes scholar, but when he views an article about himself in the local newspaper, he also notices a more tragic story in the very same issue: Another Wes Moore (Wes 2) has just been involved in the murder of a police officer. Wes 1, despite never having met Wes 2, begins to feel an inexplicable connection to the other Wes and proceeds to write to Wes 2 in prison. Wes 1's self-motivation, in spite of all of the obstacles, is especially uplifting to this reader, a self-confessed perennial underachiever. I admired the courage and openness of Wes2 and his family, granting interviews and sharing photos with Wes1, a virtual stranger whose sole connection to them is a shared first and last name, despite their obvious heartbreak surrounding the story. Wes 2's story is tragic, but I think the author, painting a picture of just how hopeless growing up in poverty-stricken areas can be, succeeds in evoking in the reader something perhaps just shy of sympathy, but far more charitable than downright condemnation.

Feb 20, 2013

This book really should be a "must read" for all schools teaching "social studies" or any topic related to culture, history and an ethnographical example modern (black) man in urban settings. As well, it should also be on the "must lead" list for anyone who wants to better understand how our culture, history and society is evolving today. I disagree with KatAMP in that I think this book is brilliantly written in a very simple, straightforward way that directs high impact "education" to virtually anyone who wants to learn about what "is very well-known and does indeed bring many relevant and intersting points..." We can't all be academics, postulating complex "points or arguments, hypotheses or research". This is NOT just a cautionary tale for only young black boys and men should read - it should be a story we all read, if ....if we want to start changing the course of own cultural history, this is one simple, direct, impactful way to start.

Jul 18, 2012

A fascinating tale about two young men and of how their futures diverged. The author suggests how and why that might be, although even to him it is a puzzle. A good book for young men to read so that they might have insight into how a small choice can determine their future.

Feb 08, 2012

Even though it is classified as an adult book, this title is great for teens to read. It is a true story of how the choices we make in our life affects how it will turn out.

Nov 27, 2011

This book, for all that it is very well-known and does indeed bring up many relevant and interesting pointe, is not extremely well-written; it would be better to look elsewhere for more difficult academic reading, but as far as story goes, it's a great book.

crankylibrarian Oct 15, 2011

A sobering look at the interplay of family, race, and poverty in the lives of two young black men. Wes Moore the author is a successful businessman, former army officer and a Rhodes Scholar; his doppleganger, a man about the same age with the same name is serving a life sentence for murdering a police officer. How could two boys, both raised in urban poverty by single mothers turn out so differently? The two Wes Moores spent hours interviewing each other over several years, and while the author provides no easy answers, certain key differences become apparent. Wes Moore the author had a dead father, but a mother who came from a stable high achieving family that appreciated the value of education and discipline. Wes Moore the criminal had an equally dedicated mother, but he and his brother had different fathers, few examples of stable families, and both fathered illegitimate children when still teens.

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