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January/February 2011 , Page 55 

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The Other Wes Moore One Name, Two Fates

By Wes Moore
Spiegel & Grau (2010)
Reviewed by Janine N. Alston

The Other Wes Moore has a compelling premise: two young black men with the same name, born in the same city at the same time, who take separate life paths.

Wes Moore, the author, is a testament to what the power of firm guidance, solid family support, and sound decision-making can produce: a Phi Beta Kappa, Rhodes Scholar, and successful banker. These are just a few of the many accomplishments that make the author’s connection to the “other” Wes Moore, a man convicted of killing an off-duty police officer, surprising. The author compares and contrasts his life with that of his namesake, and asserts that he and the other Wes Moore share more than a name. In an attempt to highlight the similarities between his own life and that of the now incarcerated Wes Moore, the author writes, “the chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The sad truth is th

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