The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

The Other Wes Moore One Name Two Fates 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 fath

  • Title: The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
  • Author: WesMoore
  • ISBN: 9780385528207
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

    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 Balti neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods both hung out on street corners with their crews both ran into trouble with the police How, then, dThe 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 Balti 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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    1. Diane

      This book was disappointing. It's based on a flawed premise that the story of two guys with the same name in the same city is inherently interesting.But I thought this book was mundane and undiscerning. It never answered the question it asked, namely: Why did one of the guys named Wes end up in prison, and the other Wes end up with a college degree and a successful career? The author writes about his tough childhood, and eventually his family sent him to military school to straighten up. The exp [...]

    2. Chris

      I heard about this when it came out a couple years ago and was intrigued, and then the College of Education I work and go to graduate school in chose it for its "common read," so I read it. It would absolutely be a good discussion starter in undergraduate classes. (Although unfortunately for my College of Education, the "successful Wes Moore" ultimately gets on the right path when his mom enrolls him in a private military school, so it doesn't provide any intel on how public schools can engage a [...]

    3. Holly Williams

      The premise that these two men shared similar upbringings is barely tenable. I don't doubt that Mr. Moore's intentions were sincere, but beyond their mutual name, these men had very different mothers, fathers, family support systems, educational opportunities and friends. The similarities, by contrast, were far less impactive: a shared name and age, and brief stints living in Baltimore city proper. Furthermore, the commonality that they were both young African American men is much more complicat [...]

    4. Ken

      Two Wes Moores diverged in a yellow wood (called Baltimore)And sorry he could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long Wes Moore the Rhodes Scholar stoodAnd looked down one as far as he couldBy interviewing the other Wes Moore in Jessup Correctional InstitutionWhere the path disappears in the undergrowthOf drug-dealing, robbery, and accomplice to murder.Wes took the other, as just as fair,Through military school, time in Afghanistan, and ultimately the business world,And having perhaps the bette [...]

    5. Tracy

      Disclaimer: I have met the author Wes Moore. He was a student worker in the Career Center when I worked at Johns Hopkins. I didn't know him well, but did interact with him. Even then, it was apparent that he was a pretty extraordinary person. I was excited to read this book because I felt like I "knew" the characters and setting a bit.I think my knowledge of the author colored my ability to see this book as a comparison of two boys with the "there but for the grace of God" ideal that the descrip [...]

    6. Felipe Cordoba

      Initially I wasn’t too sure about reading this book because of what it seemed to be advertising. From the moment I picked it up at the library and read the summary, Wes Moore struck me as one of the folks who particularly enjoys telling others of his success and makes it a point to demonstrate how another man by the same name is a failure. Although I do respect him for his accomplishments and look up to how he escaped the Baltimore projects, it was hard to imagine an author being very philosop [...]

    7. jv poore

      I received this as a thank-you gift from a student. It was my pleasure & privilege to visit her senior English class every month to talk about books! I'm thinking about you, Chyna.It seems so simple to become somewhat self-absorbed (or perhaps that's just me) that I can not help but marvel at those curious creatures that grasp an almost random thought and entirely think it through. Mr. Moore did that very thing, then generously shared the parallel stories in the most thought-provoking and em [...]

    8. C

      This review is based on a set of advance proofs which I won in a Giveaway. The Other Wes Moore is a fascinating look at the lives of two men, both named Wes Moore, both from low-income families, both from un-privileged urban backgrounds. One man sits in prison for life, convicted of participation in a robbery and the murder of a police officer, while the other went on to enjoy every success that a young man can enjoy.The author, the Wes Moore who went on to become a Rhodes Scholar and White Hou [...]

    9. Cflack

      I am reading this book during a very difficult time in the city where I live. This fall, and more specifically the last three weeks, there have been four shootings and three deaths of black males between the ages of 15 and 23. As someone who grew up in this community and has chosen to raise a family here, we as a community are grappling with these senseless deaths. I would not say that Wes Moore is a great writer, but he is an eloquent and impassioned writer on this subject which touches him ver [...]

    10. Emily

      I was very excited for this book, only to be let down. Hugely.Wes Moore (the "successful" one) spends a lot of the book describing WHAT happens, without exploring WHY things might have transpired the way that they did. The fact is, the Wes Moore in prison never, ever could have had the same story as the "successful" Wes Moore, and it is very unlikely that the "successful" Wes Moore could have ended up in prison like the "unsuccessful" Wes Moore.Why not? The author came from a family with two suc [...]

    11. Jason

      This thought provoking book, about two young men from similar backgrounds ultimately branching in two totally different directions, is a stark reminder that the shirking of personal accountability has historically been the downfall of many passionate men and women destined for greatness, yet shackled to self destruction. Moore writes with a delicate balance that makes the story human without distorting the facts with romanticism. By paralleling the lives of Moore (the author) and Moore (the pris [...]

    12. Tamara Sam

      I literally finished this book cover-to-cover in less than 24hrs. My pending book club meeting this weekend played a role in my desire to finish quickly *smile*, but this was definitely a page turner. I’ve always been intrigued by the lives and struggles of people growing up in difficult neighborhoods, and under less than favorable circumstances. Maybe that is my sheltered naiveté shining through, who knows. Throughout the book, my goal was to find the ‘turning point’ – the decision, sc [...]

    13. Ms. Parks

      When I student taught last year at Pattonville, one of my students told me that he was reading The Other Wes Moore, and it was the best book he’d ever read. Now, usually I’m excited to hear any of my students say they loved reading a certain book, but this was an especially big deal. This was a student who was born a crack baby, didn’t get past page 2 of The Great Gatsby because it was “just that boring,” couldn’t sit still, and was hardcore failing my class. Yet he was genuinely enj [...]

    14. Walter

      Maybe my expectations were too high for this book: I had seen its author on Tavis Smiley's television show and read a couple of (very) positive reviews of it, so I really expected to be blown away by The Other Wes Moore. In a word, I was not. It's an interesting story of two men who share a name and a background who choose very different paths. This is a good beginning; unfortunately, the execution thereafter leaves something to be desired.The author, the "good" Wes Moore, begins life in a tough [...]

    15. Deka

      the story of two wes moores that ended very differently though the author doesnt pinpoint an exact reason. i dont think he should. it's impossible to say definitively what would or would not have improved one's life. but, to me this book illustrates the importance of asking for help when you need it, the importance of education and a supportive family, the weight of accountability and responsibility, the variance of human nature, and how a seemingly small decision can change your life.

    16. Tony

      I'm not one who usually reads "uplifting" true stories with words like "hope" prominently featured in the title or subtitle, but I gave this one a chance for three reasons. First of all, some of it takes place in neighboring Baltimore in the mid-'90s, which is interesting to anyone, like me, who loved the HBO series The Wire. Secondly, at lot of the kids who come into the library I work at are in the same position as the two young Wes Moores described in the book -- they might succumb to the cal [...]

    17. Beth Sammons

      An eye opening book especially for a 40ish sheltered white woman. The prevailing question of the book:why why whyWell to be honest it doesn't take a rocket scientist1. There is a difference in a father dying and the other walking away2. There is a difference of education for the parents and grandparents3. There is a difference in support system4. One mother mortgages her life to remove her child from a bad situation, the other shrugs and lights a joint5. There is a difference in lifestyle, one w [...]

    18. Katrina

      I was skeptical in even choosing this book to read. I didn't know what Moore's politics were going to be like. Was this going to be another "I-made-it-so-you-can-too" book? I mean, where can you go when you're comparing yourself to someone who "didn't make it"? Thankfully, I think it digs deeper than that, but not as deeply as I think it could have. Certainly Moore recognizes that many people were influential in his success--one glance at his acknowledgments shows that-- but what about the money [...]

    19. Sera

      How do two boys with the same name who live within the same community end up with lives on two completely different paths? After reading this book, my answer is "I'm not sure". The author, Moore, states that it's the result of multiple factors, including luck, and I don't disagree but if this analysis is at the center of this book's premise, then I'm afraid that Moore failed to meet his objective here (and adding a Call to Action by Tavis Smiley at the end of the book didn't solve this problem). [...]

    20. Gloria

      This thoughtful and accessible book is part cautionary tale, part memoir, part sociological case study. Author Wes Moore recounts his story of growing up poor, black, and male in Baltimore, and juxtaposes it with the story of the other Wes Moore, another young, black Baltimore boy with a similar background and age but whose choices --and their consequences-- diverged widely from the author's. Well worth the listen! #diversereads #BlackLivesMatter #LitsyAtoZ #LetterO

    21. Shayne Bauer

      I like the premise of this book more than the book itself. Two boys born at nearly the same time in nearly the same neighborhood end up leading very different lives: one a tremendous success with various titles, the other a convicted felon with a life sentence for murder.The big takeaway is that there is not one single event or choice that determines a person's fate. We are not defined by our circumstances or our environments. The most significant influence is the guidance that surrounds us. We [...]

    22. Melody

      I enjoy reading Memoirs that are interesting and this was no exception. Even though it's no big deal that there are two people with the same name ( think of how many Mary Smith's there must be in the world) I enjoyed the description of each of the Wes Moore's life.

    23. Nancy Kennedy

      In 2000, a Baltimore newspaper ran a story with the headline, "Local Graduate Named Rhodes Scholar." It was a story about the author, Wes Moore, a young black man who rose from the drug, crime and poverty-stricken streets of the city to attain this prestigious academic honor.Several months earlier, in the same paper, Mr. Moore had noticed a series of articles about two young black men who killed a Baltimore policeman while robbing a jewelry store. The name of one of the killers struck him: his n [...]

    24. Anna O'connell

      I liked this book. It's interesting to try and discern which specific attributes of someone's upbringing end up setting them incredibly far apart from others with similar childhoods. Although I found the "successful" Wes Moore arrogant and irritating in his assumption that his success is entirely due to his hard work and intellect, I respected his story. While I agree that the two Wes Moore's did have very similar childhoods, I don't think the difference in their current lives are at all surpris [...]

    25. P.J. O'Brien

      This was an interesting glimpse into the lives of two men facing challenging circumstances in life. More than anything, I think it illustrates the difference that a strong support system, encouragement, and socio-economic opportunity can make in overcoming overwhelming odds.Even though personality traits and the choices individuals make surely have a large role to play, the book really doesn't delve far into their exploration. In fact, I felt the most important part of both men's lives was missi [...]

    26. Kelley

      I chose this book on a whim last night when I was looking for a new title my surprise I finished the book in one night! The book starts out with the author Wes Moore describing how he read about a man, with the same name & from the same city, who was found guilty of participating in armed robbery (which culminated in the death of a police officer) and sentenced to life in prison. The author began visiting this man and they began discussing their lives, their background and most importantly, [...]

    27. Ryan

      Three stars are more for the idea than the execution. The writing was something of a distraction - and not in a good way. More like a police report than a story about the lives of two young menI winced more than once at the choice of words. I think it helped to listen to the book because the narrator is the author, and his enthusiasm and determination are clear in his reading. Its worth a listen.The idea was intriguing and it was an interesting "read" after reading Homicide and The Corner, and w [...]

    28. Anne Hershewe

      This was a fascinating story about how two people with the same name, born into very similar environments and circumstances, end up in completely different places. There are so many points where you see how one Wes's life could have taken a turn and gone in an entirely different direction such that he would have shared the same fate as the other Wes. Though it would usually frustrate me, I kind of appreciated that the author Wes didn't really know what to tell readers to take away from this stor [...]

    29. Aubrey

      I gained very little, if anything, from this book. It is quite possible I would have gotten more had I read it in middle or even grade school, as it seems certain users on this site were made to do, but as it stands, this work is little more than a cog in society's efforts to force the individual to internalize social problems rather than recognize that the fault lies in larger social mechanics. There's also the matter that this work is far shorter than I was led to believe, and while I'm certai [...]

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