10:23 AM EDT, May 7, 2010
"The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates"
By Wes Moore
Spiegel & Grau, 233 pages, $25
It's one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stories — and if it weren't true, it would be a cliche. On the same day, the Baltimore Sun featured two young men, both named Wes Moore. One won a Rhodes Scholarship, the other allegedly killed a police officer in an armed robbery. And guess what: They grew up blocks apart. The author of this tale was a White House Fellow, a decorated combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, while the other serves a life sentence without parole. Through prison visits and letters, the two young men connected and the result is this book, less a memoir than a cautionary tale, told by the Wes Moore who found his way in the world, thanks to helping hands and a bit of luck. It's a moving book, with an appendix of resources that make it a call to arms.
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