The Other Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore

One Name, Two Fates

Book - 2011
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Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, 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
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011
Edition: Spiegel & Grau trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780385528207
0385528205
9780812987157
0812987152
Characteristics: xiv, 250 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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One of the top young business leaders in America delivers the true story of two boys born in the same neighborhood in the same town with the same name, and their starkly different fates.

In a survey by the National Association of Scholars, this book was the #1 most assigned book to incoming freshman. It was the "common read" for 16 colleges for 2015-2016, and 17 colleges in 2014-2015.


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zoeythekat
Jun 06, 2020

What leads two men with similar backgrounds and experiences down entirely different paths of life? This is the question that Wes Moore confronts after he discovers another Wes Moore from the same area as him who had a vastly different fate than his own. This book was well written and very thought provoking!

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Skippy_45
Aug 09, 2019

Its a very book about to men, one a successful author, and the other a murderer who have the same name and learn how similar they really are and how close either of them could have been the other. This book asks the question, "how much does society influence us" as well as "are we destined for success or failure based on circumstance?". I would recommend this book to anyone who has asked this before.

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lilypad_1
Jul 27, 2019

As you can tell from the synopsis and other comments this book is about two men who have the same name, came from similar circumstances and ended up with totally different lives. The author says his mentors were probably what led him away from bad influences and onto an education and thriving life. I would also say his mom's and grandparents sacrifices to pay tuition and stick to their guns in putting him into military school and then his realization of what he had going for him. He definitely could have veered back to a life of drugs and crime. Being fatherless seemed to be a huge thing, neither one knew what role a father plays, did not see any role models in their families, neighbors, etc. The underfunded schools in their areas did not help either. There are lots of ways we could provide support and get things turned around if we wanted to invest instead of incarcerate. Highly recommend this book for high school readers, teachers, government workers, NGO's and for anyone wondering why the world is this way.

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Jwitn0juice
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.

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darladoodles
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!

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ljernst
Jun 08, 2016

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

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mbutlerharley
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.

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ryner
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.

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catwcap
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.

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AndrewTerMarsch
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.

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