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 f ellowship, 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. Although she'd been attending community college, she loses her Pell Grant and simply gives up. The big takeaway is that there is not one single event or choice that determines a person's fate. One is a Rhodes Scholar, graduate of John Hopkins, with a bright future in pretty much whatever he wants; the other is in prison for life, after a police officer was killed during a jewelry store robbery. Woody ended up being one of Wes's only friends to graduate high school, since graduation rates in Baltimore had been very low. It's no surprise when the other Wes Moore's run-ins with the law begin. 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.
Bernard- Bernard was Wes's father. He later graduated from Johns Hopkins University, became a Rhodes scholar, and served in Afghanistan. Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. There are lots of things that can make life harder for you because life isn't fair. 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. Even though personality traits and the choices individuals make surely have a large role to play, the book really doesn't delve far into their exploration. I didn't know what Moore's politics were going to be like.
Both his parents were college educated, his mother was more involved in his life and had vastly greater financial resources to devote to him, and he had high-achieving siblings. He was a student worker in the Career Center when I worked at Johns Hopkins. There is a difference in a father dying and the other walking away. Winell Thomas- She was Wes's grandmother. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? In 2009 he was selected as an Asia Society Fellow. Beginning the position in June 2017, he is the organization's first chief executive officer in its 30-year history.
Tony- Wes's older brother, warned Wes to stay out of the drug game. Finally, Wes wrote to the other Wes in prison requesting an interview, and the book took off from there. Secondly, at lot of the kids who come into the library I work at are in the same position as the two young Wes Moores described in the book -- they might succumb to the call of the street, or they might not. The other Wes also had a tough childhood, and got caught up in a drug-dealing gang. 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. We I like the premise of this book more than the book itself.
In December 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes Scholarship. The most important thing that happened to me was not being physically transported — the moves from Baltimore to the Bronx to Valley Forge didn't change my way of thinking. Maybe that is my sheltered naiveté shining through, who knows. On the other hand, I felt like this was a really important book for the males in my classroom to read. A significant problem is that Imprisoned Wes is not reflective and his terse quotes don't elucidate the narrative. He tells their life stories chronologically, alternating from himself to the incarcerated Wes, laying out the choices they made, and the context for those choices. There is a difference in a father dying and the other walking away.
Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation. While the Other Wes Moore's family also supported him, they had a weaker influence than Author Wes's family and also sent mixed messages to Wes. Stunned by the similarities in their names and backgrounds and the differences in their ultimate fates, the author eventually contacted the other Wes Moore and began a long relationship. Moore is the Founder and of BridgeEdU. Wes Moore other - Wes grew up in West Baltimore and struggled throughout his early life with drug dealing.
Mayor Schmoke- He was the Mayor of Baltimore and convinced Wes to apply for the Rhodes scholarship. But I thought this book was mundane and undiscerning. Maybe that is my sheltered naiveté shining through, who knows. I was very excited for this book, only to be let down. Elijah refuses to play for them and is faced with the consequences. Although both boys grew up fatherless, the circumstances of that fatherlessness were vastly different.
For the author Wes it was when he realized what he wanted to do with his life in the Valley Forge Military School. One father died, and before his death openly expressed his love for his children. Wes Moore sets out to answer what made the difference through telling the story of young men trying to find their way in a seemingly broken world. Two boys born at nearly the same time in nearly the same neighborhood end up leading very different lives: one a tremendous success with various titles, the other a convicted felon with a life sentence for murder. From then on he makes one bad decision after another during his drug dealing years. Simply put, this excerpt is so powerfully and movingly relayed that it makes reading the rest of the book worth it or, just read these ten pages and be amazed by their profundity and meaning. Justin encouraged Wes when Wes was having trouble.
Overall, solid book, but not sure if I would read another by this author Three stars are more for the idea than the execution. I think it helped to listen to the book because the narrator is the author, and his enthusiasm and determination are clear in his reading. This fall, and more specifically the last three weeks, there have been four shootings and three deaths of black males between the ages of 15 and 23. Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University. Characters - Prisoner Wes Moore Mary- The other Wes Moore's mother. I also really loved the bits about South Africa and apartheid, and having just finished reading Trevor Noah's I think the premise for this was super interesting, and it had a lot of potential to be a really heartfelt read, because I quite liked some of the scenes, but in the long run the book fell a little flat for me.
Prisoner Wes Moores father Westly , fell a major victim to drugs and alcohol, resulting in Mary Other Wes Moores mother abandoning him. Just like my student at Pattonville, I strongly recommend this book. Posing questions that ponder the sole moment or decisions that made their lives different is nearly impossible. Style Citations Wes Moore's author stories are written in his perspective and Wes Moore's prisoner stories are written by the author Wes Moore but in prisoner Wes Moore's perspective. Can someone else make up for the lack of a strong family base? The big takeaway is that there is not one single event or choice that determines a person's fate. Except that the parallels in their stories aren't quite as compelling as they may appear initially. Even then, it was apparent that he was a pretty extraordinary person.