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The Other Wes Moore Audiobook

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.
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In The Other Wes Moore, author Wes Moore narrates his memoir of two little boys who become very different men. Both African American, fatherless, exposed to crime at an early age, Wes Moore, the author, and Wes Moore, the other, share both a name and a history, but live very different lives today. This book is an examination of why, as well as a call to action.

Moore narrates his book — and his voice is solid and rich — tones deepened by the streets, and consonants and vowels shaped and buffed by a good education. Proud, but never boastful, Moore tells his story of education, military service, and leadership. And, in a somber and respectful voice, he tells a parallel story: one of crime, broken families, and incarceration — the life of the other Wes Moore.

The memoir is part self-examination and part anthropological and sociological study of inner-city America. Throughout, Moore searches for the answer to the question: “What made the difference?” Why did he become a White House fellow and serve his country in Afghanistan while the other Wes Moore was charged with killing a police officer and now serves a life sentence?

The author offers no pat answers, no quaint life lessons — just hard truths. He is neither sympathetic nor judgmental — he makes no excuses for the tragic loss of Sergeant Bruce Prothero, the police officer the other Wes Moore was eventually convicted of killing. He also shows us the other side of his doppelganger — poignantly describing the other Moore’s careful work during shop class at trade school on a playhouse for his daughter.

Wes Moore speaks from the perspective of someone who has known fear and disillusionment, but also with a voice that has said, “Yes, sir,” and “Will you marry me?” and “Thank you.” This is the voice that calls the listener to want to make a difference in the lives of young people in this country. —Sarah Evans Hogeboom

Publisher's Summary

Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

In December 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes Scholarship. The same paper also ran a series of articles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police officer in a spectacularly botched armed robbery. The police were still hunting for two of the suspects who had gone on the lam, a pair of brothers. One was named Wes Moore.

Wes just couldn't shake off the unsettling coincidence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same newspaper. After following the story of the robbery, the manhunt, and the trial to its conclusion, he wrote a letter to the other Wes, now a convicted murderer serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. His letter tentatively asked the questions that had been haunting him: Who are you? How did this happen?

That letter led to a correspondence and relationship that has lasted for several years. Over dozens of letters and prison visits, Wes discovered that the other Wes had had a life not unlike his own: Both had grown up in similar neighborhoods and had had difficult childhoods, both were fatherless; they'd hung out on similar corners with similar crews, and both had run into trouble with the police. At each stage of their young lives, they had come across similar moments of decision, yet their choices would lead them to astonishingly different destinies.

Told in alternating dramatic 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.

©2010 Wes Moore (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Moore writes with subtlety and insight about the plight of ghetto youth, viewing it from inside and out; he probes beneath the pathologies to reveal the pressures—poverty, a lack of prospects, the need to respond to violence with greater violence—that propelled the other Wes to his doom. The result is a moving exploration of roads not taken." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jennifer BERKELEY, CA, United States 02-17-13
    Jennifer BERKELEY, CA, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Biography and Autobiography in One"
    What other book might you compare The Other Wes Moore to and why?

    If you enjoy reading biographies of contemporary people, you might also enjoy The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba, or Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by Karen Blumenthal, or Aung San Suu Kyi, by Sherry O'Keefe.


    Any additional comments?

    The author Wes Moore had a challenging childhood. His father died when he was very young, his mom had to work multiple jobs to support their family after his death, and they had to live in neighborhoods plagued with drugs and gangs.

    Moore survived his turbulent youth, however, and went on to become a decorated war veteran, college graduate, and Rhodes scholar. It was when he was in South Africa on his Rhodes fellowship that his mother told him about another young man, about his age, and from his home town, who had just been arrested for robbing a jewelry store; the robbers had killed a security guard. This young man’s name was also Wes Moore, and this Wes Moore was convicted to a life sentence in prison.

    The shock that there could be another person, with his identical name, growing up in a very similar situation who ended up in such a different place made the author want to understand the other Wes Moore, and how their lives had diverged so significantly. This is the biography and autobiography of the two Wes Moores.

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    Stanley Germantown, WI, United States 11-15-11
    Stanley Germantown, WI, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Engaging theme with drawbacks"

    I found this an interesting theme which provided a fair and balanced perspective of what went wrong and right in the life of two young men. It avoids cliches and tells it like it is. It provided hope and at the same time created sadness. I listened while driving which is not the best way to evaluate editing but my assessment is that it lacked substantially at times. Mr. Moore did his story a disservice by reading the book himself. His reading style was short and truncated, pausing frequently mid-sentence like he was out of breath. In my listening this was serious enough flaw that it substantially reduced the enjoyment of the book. I would rate the story favorably, but the other elements were enough of a distraction that I would not recomment it.

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    Sean 02-03-16
    Sean 02-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    It was Fire and very fire, like super fire. This review has word requirements so yeah........ fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire

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    Adrienne Greene 01-28-16
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    "Perfect Example"

    I always tell my high school students to make choices today that they can live with tomorrow. Easier said than done...but it's possible! This book is the perfect example of that quote.

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    Curt Thomas Unlimited, LLC Orangeburg, SC 12-14-15
    Curt Thomas Unlimited, LLC Orangeburg, SC 12-14-15
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    "Engaging"

    Love it!

    A must read for young people and older! This book really makes you think! Great read!

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    Carmel Marion 12-05-15
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    "REMARKABLE"

    This is an amazing read from cover to cover. Truly thought provoking. Touched me in so many ways.

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    Alva Hines 10-10-15
    Alva Hines 10-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a great and tragic story"

    It was a great and tragic story. No happy ever after ending. I enjoyed the voice inflections

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    stephani olson GLENDALE, ARIZONA United States 09-18-15
    stephani olson GLENDALE, ARIZONA United States 09-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting perspective piece"

    this book points out riveting questions such as "are we solely a product of our environment? :

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    "Great Book"

    Great read and really shows the way all people have similar stories. Doesn't matter where your from or your background, hardships are hardships anywhere in the world.

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    C. Andrew 08-17-15
    C. Andrew 08-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Life is a sum of your choices"
    What did you love best about The Other Wes Moore?

    A perfect example of what priviledge can do to change the outcome of your life.


    What other book might you compare The Other Wes Moore to and why?

    The Pact because it shows that dedication and discipline can change the direction of circumstances


    What does Wes Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not applicable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life is a sum of your choices...choose wisely


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