Wes Moore candidly describes the right questions that challenges the answers we all seem to have. How can be best serve those who need it the most and When is the right time to intervene in the life of a young person?
The premise of the book is very interesting---the juxtaposition of two individuals, who happen to share the same name and several other characteristics, who have dramatically different outcomes.
For as much thought as the author gave to what set the two apart, the author seemed to undervalue the tremendous opportunity/change in his course that came from attending military school.
Page Turner, Avid Listener, Life-long Student.
Such an interesting story of two men of similar background whose lives go in entirely different directions. Moore's careful recounting of key moments in each man's life and how their decisions within and handling of those moments effected their future breeds introspection from the reader. It certainly made me think on what moments and decisions could have changed my own course in life. I was impressed that Moore sought to be truthful and plain in the telling rather than stir emotions and thoughts in the reader to support his own suppositions.
I have recommended this already to my friends. It is a great story that brings home to cold hard truth about the decisions we all made.
When Wes's mom told him she was not going to take him out of military school. It was a painful decision for her as a mom I am sure, but one that needed to be made for the sake of her child.
Every choice has a consequence.
Interesting true story about how life choices affect lives. Open view of what could have happened to a life "wasted" and a life "gained" from family support and expectations.
If you ever thought your life was written out in the stars, or that you were dealt a bad hand at birth due various reasons, reading this book should change your mind. You can be anything or anyone you want to be, with people around you who believe in you. That might be the most important part, that not only is your fate not written in stone at birth, but you have to listen to the role models around you in order to succeed. You might have to leave your present neighborhood because too many people do not have an interest in seeing you succeed. As a matter of fact, to the contrary, they might want to see you fail because "misery loves company." The same idea of writing your own ticket with your own self-adopted mentors is also described in the autobiography, I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher. It is a fabulous book written by an amazingly reflective young man. These two books should be required high school reading (especially in inner city or rural schools) along with the 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens, and The Four Agreements.
Never read the printed edition.
Both men during their youth.
This book really makes you understand the meaning of "there but for the grace of God go I."
Yes, I would recommend this book in audio, because of the emotion of the person reading this book.
This book was a great story about how your past can't control your future.
No but I plan to.
Opening my eyes to the deep quagmire of issues that poor young black men face. It was very honest and poignant.
Seeing how both boys struggled and how their support structure made all the difference.