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3.00029116319697 out of 53.00029116319697 out of 53.00029116319697 out of 53.00029116319697 out of 53.00029116319697 out of 5 3.00 (6,869 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wes Moore Narrator: Wes Moor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In December 2000, the Baltimore Sunran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes Scholarship. The same paper also ran a series of articles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police officer in a spectacularly botched armed robbery. The police were still hunting for two of the suspects who had gone on the lam, a pair of brothers. One was named Wes Moore. 

Wes just couldn’t shake off the unsettling coincidence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same newspaper. After following the story of the robbery, the manhunt, and the trial to its conclusion, he wrote a letter to the other Wes, now a convicted murderer serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. His letter tentatively asked the questions that had been haunting him: Who are you? How did this happen?

That letter led to a correspondence and relationship that have lasted for several years. Over dozens of letters and prison visits, Wes discovered that the other Wes had had a life not unlike his own: Both had grown up in similar neighborhoods and had had difficult childhoods, both were fatherless; they’d hung out on similar corners with similar crews, and both had run into trouble with the police. At each stage of their young lives they had come across similar moments of decision, yet their choices would lead them to astonishingly different destinies.

Told in alternating dramatic 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A 2010 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for Memoir and Autobiography

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Words Alive | 1/30/2014

    " Great book but it was a little difficult for our students to follow. But it provides a great discussion! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/28/2014

    " This is the book selection for next year's First Year/Freshman experience class. So far, I'm happy with the choice of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 1/26/2014

    " Great memoir/bio. Nice complement to The Wire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peg | 1/19/2014

    " I got to hear the author speak at a health symposium recently, discussing the social determinants of health. In his book, he tells both his own story of growing up in both inner city Baltimore and the rough side of the Bronx; and of another young man with the same name, from the same neighborhood whose life turned out wholly different. It was a very good read, engaging and compelling. But he was an even better speaker. "

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