The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

The Other Wes Moore

The current 2013-2014 book selection is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.

This real-life narrative examines the lives of two individuals possessing the same name. Each grew up fatherless in the same neighborhood, got into trouble with the police and had an overall difficult childhood. One of them -- the author -- grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, business leader and White House Fellow. The other took a very different path in life and ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.

Wes sets out to answer the questions of why these two lives are so different and how they ended up here, despite their uncanny similar upbringings.