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  1. says:

    This book was disappointing It s based on a flawed premise that the story of two guys with the same name in the same city is inherently interesting.But I thought this book was mundane and undiscerning It never answered the question it asked, namely Why did one of the guys named Wes end up in prison, and the other Wes end up with a college degree and a successful career The author writes about his tough childhood, and eventually his family sent him to military school to straighten up The experience changed his life, giving him discipline, confidence, and respect He later graduated from Johns Hopkins University, became a Rhodes scholar, and served in Afghanistan.In short, the author has an inspiring story and is a positive role model for troubled youth But where the book doesn t work is when the author interviews the other Wes Moore, the one in prison for an armed robbery in Balti that killed a police officer The other Wes also had a tough childhood, and got caught up in a drug dealing gang The story skips around in time, hitting different low points for the other Wes A significant problem is that Imprisoned Wes is not reflective and his terse quotes don t elucidate the narrative At one point he claims he s innocent of the robbery charges, but no alternative explanation is given.I became very frustrated by this muddled book and almost abandoned it I think this is another one of those stories that would have made a better magazine article, instead of being padded out to book length.I am sure that author Wes Moore will have a successful career as a public speaker, and power to him But his book was just OK.Inspiring Quote When we re young, it sometimes seems as if the world doesn t exist outside our city, our block, our house, our room We make decisions based on what we see in that limited world and follow the only models available The most important thing that happened to me was not being physically transported the moves from Balti to the Bronx to Valley Forge didn t change my way of thinking What changed was that I found myself surrounded by people who kept pushing me to see than what was directly in front of me, to see the boundless possibilities of the wider world and the unexplored possibilities within myself People who taught me that no accident of birth not being black or relatively poor, being from Balti or the Bronx or fatherless would ever define or limit me.


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    I received this as a thank you gift from a student It was my pleasure privilege to visit her senior English class every month to talk about books I m thinking about you, Chyna.It seems so simple to become somewhat self absorbed or perhaps that s just me that I can not help but marvel at those curious creatures that grasp an almost random thought and entirely think it through Mr Moore did that very thing, then generously shared the parallel stories in the most thought provoking and empathy evoking, inspiring way possible.


  3. says:

    I heard about this when it came out a couple years ago and was intrigued, and then the College of Education I work and go to graduate school in chose it for its common read, so I read it It would absolutely be a good discussion starter in undergraduate classes Although unfortunately for my College of Education, the successful Wes Moore ultimately gets on the right path when his mom enrolls him in a private military school, so it doesn t provide any intel on how public schools can engage at risk youth My main gripe with it that it s 99% descriptive, with very little attempt to explain or explore why the lives of these two boys with the same name turned out so differently could inspire assignments where students would look into some of the sociology and education research that tries to explain life outcomes, risk protective factors, etc and see whether those theories hold for the Wes Moores But with just my reader hat on, not my teacher hat, it was unsatisfying I expected thought analysis interpretation rumination from a Rhodes scholar We all know that some kids succeed and some don t what can the experiences of these two men teach us about how to help of them succeed


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    The premise that these two men shared similar upbringings is barely tenable I don t doubt that Mr Moore s intentions were sincere, but beyond their mutual name, these men had very different mothers, fathers, family support systems, educational opportunities and friends The similarities, by contrast, were far less impactive a shared name and age, and brief stints living in Balti city proper Further, the commonality that they were both young African American men is much complicated than Mr Moore bothers to explore Coming from a family of Caribbean immigrants that achieved Bachelors degrees within one generation both of the author s parents were first generation Americans that graduated from American University is NOT EVEN CLOSE to the same as coming from from an African American family where the one present parent dropped out of college As I said before, I do not doubt that the author s exploration of the two lives was sincere if a little self indulgent However, his effort to make a meaningful contribution is questionable If he was in fact writing this book to help parents and young adults make better choices, one would think he would at least MINIMALLY acquaint himself with the considerable universe of academic research on educational attainment in low income minority groups He did not, and his shallow reflections and easily drawn conclusions are a result The one contribution the book made was the inclusion of a list of organizations that provide services to urban youth across the US This unfortunately came after a somewhat douche y recount of all of the author s accomplishments and most exciting life moments, but it s a contribution nonetheless Bottom line The book will likely disappoint or underwhelm those with a background in urban education.


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    Two Wes Moores diverged in a yellow wood called Balti And sorry he could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long Wes Moore the Rhodes Scholar stoodAnd looked down one as far as he couldBy interviewing the other Wes Moore in Jessup Correctional InstitutionWhere the path disappears in the undergrowthOf drug dealing, robbery, and accomplice to murder.Wes took the other, as just as fair,Through military school, time in Afghanistan, and ultimately the business world,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear Though as for the passing there, he realized that many young black menHad worn them really about the same.And both stories in this book equally layLike a newspaper feature collected and printed as a book,Thank God Wes the Author saved the first for no other day Now knowing, after talking to the other Wes over many weeks,How way leads to sad wayUntil he doubted whether his life was just luckAnd wondered how he might save others from the clutches of the inner cityWith this book of hope and homilies on choices.You shall be reading this if cautionary tales are your thingSomewhere, somehow in future daysTwo Wes Moores diverged in a yellow wood called Balti , and Wes He took the one less traveled by,And that has made him an authorOf dichotomies, decisions, fate, and cruel fortune, which togetherHave made all the difference.


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    Disclaimer I have met the author Wes Moore He was a student worker in the Career Center when I worked at Johns Hopkins I didn t know him well, but did interact with him Even then, it was apparent that he was a pretty extraordinary person I was excited to read this book because I felt like I knew the characters and setting a bit.I think my knowledge of the author colored my ability to see this book as a comparison of two boys with the there but for the grace of God ideal that the description implies Could the author Wes Moore have become the criminal Wes Moore Perhaps We all make foolish choices in life, and those choices made in the context of the environment that Wes was in, could have been tragic But could the criminal Wes Moore have become the author That seems to me to be unlikely, because author Wes has a gift of charisma that draws people to him Whether it resulted from his life experience or was a factor in his gaining that life experience is a chicken or egg question, but it is rare and probably not a fair comparison for another person.Regardless of the strain of the comparison, the book definitely makes it clear that there were factors that existed in the author s life that didn t in the criminal s One was the presence of an educated mother, and, in the author s case, one that was willing to do whatever it took to make sure her son went down the right path The author s mother also had competent family support, something that the criminal s mother sadly lacked Although both boys grew up fatherless, the circumstances of that fatherlessness were vastly different It must have a different impact psychologically to know that you had a father that would have been there for you had he not tragically died, than to know that you have a living father that doesn t give a crap about you I guess where I m left is wondering what to do with this information Yes, we know that having a strong support network makes success possible for kids, regardless of the economics of their birth I m left wondering how we give them that network Can someone else make up for the lack of a strong family base If so, how


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    Initially I wasn t too sure about reading this book because of what it seemed to be advertising From the moment I picked it up at the library and read the summary, Wes Moore struck me as one of the folks who particularly enjoys telling others of his success and makes it a point to demonstrate how another man by the same name is a failure Although I do respect him for his accomplishments and look up to how he escaped the Balti projects, it was hard to imagine an author being very philosophical when comparing himself to another As I progressed through the book, I realized that Wes had a very profound way of looking at the different situations that both he and the other Wes Moore were in Posing questions that ponder the sole moment or decisions that made their lives different is nearly impossible Which is why, as Wes realizes, there is no single moment or answer but a collection of moments, memories, decisions and people that have all equally affected both Wes s lives This lack of a single answer is very interesting to me but makes me wonder if there really is any connection between the two besides their names and fatherless childhoods I find it a little far fetched to compare two different people at such a personal level because after all, no one person is the same as the next The idea of the book is great and I feel as if I am looking at the same person in an alternate dimension, but in reality these are just two different men who made different decisions and ended up in different positions.


  8. says:

    This thought provoking book, about two young men from similar backgrounds ultimately branching in two totally different directions, is a stark reminder that the shirking of personal accountability has historically been the downfall of many passionate men and women destined for greatness, yet shackled to self destruction Moore writes with a delicate balance that makes the story human without distorting the facts with romanticism By paralleling the lives of Moore the author and Moore the prisoner serving a life sentence , the reader is able to come to their own conclusions as to why each life took the turns it did The beauty of this book is that it isn t a call to arms against some external unfairness, some ominous portrayal of The Man, but rather a reminder that anything is possible if you do not succumb to the environment you are in, anything achievable if you believe in the person you were meant to be, and anything surmountable in the face of adversity It s time for each of us to take accountability for our shortcomings, get back up on that horse, and take back the reins of our dignity I m a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the of it I have Thomas Jefferson


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    I was very excited for this book, only to be let down Hugely.Wes Moore the successful one spends a lot of the book describing WHAT happens, without exploring WHY things might have transpired the way that they did The fact is, the Wes Moore in prison never, ever could have had the same story as the successful Wes Moore, and it is very unlikely that the successful Wes Moore could have ended up in prison like the unsuccessful Wes Moore.Why not The author came from a family with two successful, college educated parents His mother became as single mother, but it was because his father died, not because he left the family While they didn t have a lot of money, there were a lot of other social forces in play that prevented him from taking the path of the Other Wes Moore, whose mother was uneducated This was largely in part because of Reaganomics it would have been really interesting for the author to research into this topic some , maybe add an opinion in there, instead of treating it as something that she should have been able to overcome He also ignored how the connections he made in his rich schools could have helped him achieve some of his accomplishments not to take away from them, but it really showed that it s not what you know, it s who you know Who did the Other Wes Moore know His older brother who is now also in prison with him.Mostly, this book seemed like a way to1 give the author street cred I know I m a super successful financial adviser, but listen I m from the hood I tagged a building once Barf.2 brag about his accomplishments.Decent book but if you ve read the inside cover, you ve basically read the book.


  10. says:

    This review is based on a set of advance proofs which I won in a Goodreads Giveaway The Other Wes Moore is a fascinating look at the lives of two men, both named Wes Moore, both from low income families, both from un privileged urban backgrounds One man sits in prison for life, convicted of participation in a robbery and the murder of a police officer, while the other went on to enjoy every success that a young man can enjoy.The author, the Wes Moore who went on to become a Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow, does not pretend to be able to explain the vagaries of life, of these two lives He seeks the answer to why as much as the reader does why did one Wes succeed where the other did not Why was one Wes able to move out of the decayed neighborhoods of America s cities while the other could or would not Wes Moore has written an excellent book I recommend it for anyone who wants to be confronted with some of the most challenging questions today in the United States how can we both help and encourage young people to make good choices, to rise about their circumstances How can we change institutions to make sure that young people, like the other Wes Moore, don t fall through the cracks


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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 In December , The Balti Sunran 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 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 Have 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 DestiniesTold 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