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Catching up with Wes Moore

Catching up with Wes Moore

I'd love to see "The Other Wes Moore," developed into a movie, as Oprah Winfrey is planning. The book, by a former Johns Hopkins student named Wes Moore, focuses on the factors that can affect whether a child grows into a meaningful life or is dragged down into depair. It's a cautious tale for American cities such as Baltimore, where dangers of crime and addiction derail many lives each year.

Moore contrasts his own upbringing with that of another Wes Moore, one who was involved in a notorious crime in Baltimore County. Both were raised by a single parent in a tough urban environment, but while the author latched...