The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore
An inspiring and heartbreaking true story of two men named Wes Moore. They’re about the same age, and grew up in the same area of Baltimore, with similar backgrounds. However, they have ended up in very different places: one became a Rhodes Scholar
, White House Fellow, and has a successful professional life; and the other is serving a life sentence for murder. This book explores and illustrates the struggles, temptations, and especially the influential people in each of their lives, from childhood to adulthood, in an attempt to figure out why they took such different paths.
I was really struck by the author’s summation: "The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his." At the end of the book is a “call to action” for each of us to do our part through volunteer work or donations. In that vein, he provides a Resource Guide
listing many organizations that provide services and education to parents and children. Wes Moore, the author, knows he can’t save everyone, but he’s determined to do whatever he can to prevent more “other Wes Moore” situations.