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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
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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