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The Other Wes Moore - Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore

By Wes Moore

  • Release Date: 2010-04-27
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 415 Ratings

Description

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.

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

Praise for The Other Wes Moore

“Moving and inspiring, The Other Wes Moore is a story for our times.”—Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here
 
“A tense, compelling story and an inspirational guide for all who care about helping young people.”—Juan Williams, author of Enough
 
“This should be required reading for anyone who is trying to understand what is happening to young men in our inner cities.”—Geoffrey Canada, author of Fist Stick Knife Gun
 
“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.”—Ben Carson, M.D., author of Gifted Hands
 
“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.”—William S. Cohen, former U.S. senator and secretary of defense

“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.”—Tavis Smiley, from the Afterword

Reviews

  • The other Wed Moore

    5
    By Josedelreyes
    You guys have to read this, Best book i’ve ever read. This books relates a lot to me, yes that’s bad but it’s very inspirational.
  • Freshman Year

    5
    By Lizzy43542
    Reading it over the summer for OSU. I love it!
  • Real

    5
    By lloj32
    What an awesome view of two different people from closely the same environment with the same name! A real perspective of lives that go down the road not taken. A must read, will recommend!
  • Full of Topics for Discussion

    4
    By stackhouse.ecks
    I read this book with my soon-to-be-fourteen son. I loved the fact that with each reading session, there were plenty of topics for us to talk about. The author does a great job of showing the importance of individual choices, but also makes the reader wrestle with the notions of support, opportunities, and resources. The author also does not finish the book with some grand position of having all the answers. Instead, he makes us each think about the possible “answers” ourselves (and perhaps have us reflect about what we can do as individuals and communities). The book was mature enough to hold my attention as an adult, yet fast-paced enough to keep my teenaged son engaged (not an easy task). I recommend this book for any and all parents of young children (regardless of gender or race) because it helps springboard conversations that parents and children should have.
  • Fix your problem Apple

    1
    By Retarded Apple stupid company
    Do not download if your using a MacBook Pro it will not work. Apple is getting worse and worse in my book.
  • Good Book

    5
    By Jamar s
    This was great
  • Cool

    4
    By Rinnegan508
    I think the book was great for a summer reading book and I finished it in just 2 days..
  • Very good

    4
    By Fireysullus.com
    My highschool had to read this book as our summer reading, and it was a very good book. I enjoyed it quite a lot.
  • Went to school with him

    5
    By crazycadet02
    Know the author and his real life and struggles. And then reading this book. Makes you wounded if someone else out there might have your name also. Way to go Wesly. Hope to hear from you
  • The Other Wes Moore

    5
    By Kisgryf
    Wow! What a great read - Highly interesting and incredibly thought provoking. My book group chose this book kind of randomly, but it turns out to be the best one we've read yet. Wes, the author, tells the two stories in such an engaging way that you are anxious to hear about the next stage of their lives. You almost forget that the ending isn't happy for both Weses. In the end, the message is clear, but as the story is told, you develop an understanding through the life Wes has chosen and the realizations he presents. Differences are made every day. Be a difference.

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