The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates

80%

24 Critic Reviews

A testament to the importance of youth mentoring...
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

About Wes Moore

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Wes Moore is a Rhodes Scholar and a combat veteran of Afghanistan. As a White House Fellow, he worked as a special assistant to Secretary Condoleezza Rice at the State Department. He was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, was named one of Ebony magazine's Top 30 Leaders Under 30 (2007), and, most recently, was dubbed one of the top young business leaders in New York by Crain's New York Business. He works in New York City.
 
Published April 15, 2010 by Spiegel & Grau. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Other Wes Moore
All: 24 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 19 2011

A testament to the importance of youth mentoring...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 08 2010

...a moving exploration of roads not taken.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Apr 27 2010

It will alert a reader to the possibilities for a better future for our youth, especially children who face undeniably tough circumstances.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by PAMELA MILLER on Jul 17 2011

Ultimately, along with the great questions about life and death, it explores the joys, agonies and absurdities of love in a way you have never experienced before.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Keith Staskiewicz on Apr 27 2010

Unfortunately, he can't quite juggle two narratives, leaving the book's conclusions murky instead of illuminating.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Stacie Williams on Jun 25 2010

He is earnest but not naive as he challenges the oft-repeated theories of nature vs. nurture and the perceived advantages or disadvantages of race and class.

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BookPage

Above average
Reviewed by Ron Wynn on May 01 2010

The Other Wes Moore contains a detailed resource guide, providing parents with the names of organizations that can help them in times of need...Wes Moore is determined to do whatever he can to prevent the emergence of more “other Wes Moore” situations.

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Oregon Live

Good
on May 29 2010

Wes Moore, whose determination and ambition shine through the pages...may succeed in converting the interest generated by this well-promoted book into a genuine debate about opportunity and aspiration, and the enduring cost of racism.

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Newsday

Good
Reviewed by JEN STEELE on Jun 10 2010

...he tells their stories. He doesn't make excuses for his counterpart's crimes or gloss over his own brushes with the law. What he does is show how easily his success could have been lost and how the other Wes' freedom ultimately was.

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Cleveland.com

Good
Reviewed by Paula McLain on May 18 2010

The result is this powerful and disturbing book, which chronicles eight crucial years in both boys' coming of age.

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Journal Sentinel

Above average
Reviewed by JEN STEELE on May 29 2010

In an effort to pay forward the work of those who helped him as a teen, author Moore includes a list of several local and national organizations focused on helping youth...

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Book Buzz

Good
Reviewed by teresacook on Feb 24 2014

This book gives a glimpse into the difficult childhoods of so many American boys and how some succeed and some don’t. The writing is clear, the message is important. I recommend it.

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The Baltimore Sun

Above average
Reviewed by Michael Sragow on Apr 30 2010

"The Other Wes Moore" lucidly maps out how a boy-man builds a destructive existence from a string of bad decisions. The author insists that if Wes had hooked up with a better role model than his brother Tony, "he could have been different.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by kpedroli on Feb 08 2013

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about how role model has an effect on your life or just wants to read a good story about a success story and a tragedy story.

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Parental Book Reviews

Good
on Aug 08 2014

The Other Wes Moore is such an excellent book because of the way its written- making it interesting to read and educational. Overall, this book is a great read that I would recommend to anyone.

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Reads 4 Pleasure

Excellent
on Apr 20 2011

It would have been easy for the author to just write his memoir and I wouldn't have blamed him. He's lead a very impressive life for someone so young. The fact that he took time to meet and get to know the other Wes Moore and tell his story as well is absolutely fascinating.

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Rick Librarian

Good
Reviewed by ricklibrarian on Sep 26 2011

At only 180 pages of actual text, The Other Wes Moore is a quick read well suited for book discussion groups. Moore streamlines his story to stick to his theme and never tells the reader what to think.

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Joy's Book Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Joy Weese Moll on Jun 24 2011

This is a book for our times. Our book club agreed it was a quick read. For all that some of the issues that arise seem intractable (we had many moments of sadness last night about lost young lives), there is also a lot of hope underlying this book.

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Tina Says...

Good
Reviewed by Tina on Jun 30 2010

This book is hard to put down. While I knew from the outset that Moore would be arrested and in prison for life, it is still tragic to see his life unfold...

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Book Club Classics

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Jan 22 2012

The Other Wes Moore was impossible to put down, and when I turned the last page I immediately passed it on to my in-laws...and believe it would be a great choice for book clubs, too.

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Belief Net

Above average
Reviewed by Robert Gelinas on Aug 08 2014

The Other Wes Moore is worth reading. Though you will be left with more questions than answers...Moore tells his story and in the end, himself wrestles with what really made the difference between these two boys.

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Rooftop Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Robert on Jul 16 2010

This is one of the best books about life on the streets of Baltimore since "The Block" by David Simon and Edward Burns, who also wrote "Homicide: Life on the Streets." The biggest difference is that this book was written by one of the people who lived the life.

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Biblio File Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jennie on Aug 16 2010

In a million different ways, it's an amazing book, and you should read it. I think a lot of teens will really enjoy it as well, and be able to get a lot of it.

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A Reason To Read

Above average
on Feb 07 2012

I wish this book had contained more of the other Wes Moore’s stories. The author interviewed him extensively and I missed hearing more from him...The words on the back of the jacket seem to capture the essence of the story best, “The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.”

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