The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

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The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

Format:  Paperback,

250 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2011

ISBN-13: 9780385528207

ISBN-10: 0385528205

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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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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2011
ISBN-13: 9780385528207
ISBN-10: 0385528205
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 250
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.0
Walmart No.: 9780385528207

Chapter outline

Introduction
Fathers and Angels
Is Daddy Coming with Us?
In Search of Home
Foreign Ground
Choices and Second Chances
Marking Territory
Lost
Hunted
Paths taken and Expectations Fulfilled
The Land That God Forgot
Surrounded
Epilogue
Afterword
A Call to Action by Tavis Smiley
Resource Guide
Acknowledgments
A Reader's Guide

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-04-15)

In this memoir, Moore tells the story of his life as a child of Baltimore and the Bronx, an army officer in Afghanistan, a Rhodes Scholar, and a former White House Fellow. In detailing his journey from troubled adolescence to successful business career, he focuses on the intriguing concept of chronicling not only his life but that of another young man with the same name, from the same city, and roughly about the same age-the other Wes Moore.

Drugs, violence, and prison marked the life of the other Wes Moore, now serving a life sentence for the murder of a police officer. The author, after meeting the man who shares his name, gives us a book that details the parallel lives of these two boys, coming of age the hard way in the 1980s and 1990's. The author includes a list of over 200 organizations dedicated to helping American youth.

Verdict: With its unique spin on the memoir genre, this engaging and insightful book ultimately asks the reader to consider the ways in which we as a nation alternately support and fail American children. The charismatic author and the publisher's nationwide publicity plans should make this a popular book for general readers interested in memoir, African American studies, or social issues.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/10.] - Julie Biando Edwards, Univ. of Montana, Missoula, Lib.

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Black Caucus of the America Library Association Award, 2011 (United States)

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Rated 4.7 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by a must read for most age groups IT makes you stop and think about life. The struggles of others . I would recomend this be made into a movie 06/16/2013
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