Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates By Wes Moore|Review


The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Published by Spiegel & Grau on January 1st, 2010
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Rating: 
The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. 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? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

My Thoughts

I don't have much to say about this book. As noted by the author himself, we were not left with a clear explanation as to why their lives are very different. But that is life. Even if you have the same name and live just a few streets down from each other, that doesn't mean the outcomes will be the exact same. Choices were made. End of story. I don't know why so many people have rated this book low because they weren't given an answer at the end. There is no way of knowing the outcome for either gentleman. 
Regarding the writing, I thought it was good. Though there were instances where it deviated from the main point of the chapter. I often found myself skimming over those parts.
Overall, this book was okay. It wasn't groundbreaking or inspirational. It just kind of fell flat to me. 

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