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The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates
Wes Moore
Adult Nonfiction F189.B153 M66 2010

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stet said:
The lives of 2 men growing up in single parent homes in a violent Baltimore neighborhood and how their lives take different turns. The author examines eight years in the lives of both Wes Moores to explore the factors and choices that led one to a Rhodes scholarship, military service, and a White House fellowship, and the other to drug dealing, prison, and eventual conversion to the Muslim faith, with both sharing a gritty sense of realism about their pasts.
posted Dec 2, 2010 at 3:02PM
LonnieGV said:
Two African American men with the same name, in the same neighborhood but with two different lives. The author, who read the audio version I listened to, was beginning to make poor decisions. His mother, by working 3 jobs, sent him to military school. He hated it, but his mom refused to let him come home. He, by the end of the book, appreciates not just military school but the opportunity to serve in the military. The "other" Wes Moore began to make bad choices, also. His mother, at least at the beginning, responded with denial. But she, too, was a hard working mom. Wes’s brother begged him not to get involved in drugs; but Wes followed Tony’s example, not his words. This Wes Moore ended up in prison for being part of a robbery where an off-duty policemen was killed. The author ended up at prestigious schools and met with many successes. What I like is that the author gives no "pat answers." He recognizes the values of mentors but places no blame and seems to take no credit--though giving his mom a great deal of the credit. It’s a great book! It gives a glimpse into teen years, where many meet that "fork in the road." Oh how impacting the decisions!
posted Mar 11, 2014 at 4:13PM
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