2012 Selection

The_Other_Wes_MooreThe Other Wes Moore

by Wes Moore

Wes Moore was a Rhodes Scholar, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, as well as a White House Fellow. In 2007, Moore was named one of Ebony‘s magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders Under 30″ and, in 2009, one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in Crain’s New York Business. He has been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, and MSNBC, and has been interviewed by, among others, Oprah Winfrey, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, and Steven Colbert.


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.

from Random House

Why The Other Wes Moore?

The book not only explores how personal choices, but also societal attributes and personal relationships, shape our fate.

In addition, the book touches on many issues that will appeal to possible majors and multiple interests:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Criminal Justice
  • Political Science
  • Communications
  • African-American Studies
  • and many others

Click here for a guide on reading the book. [pdf]