Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a year of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.
In December of 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes Scholarship. The same paper ran a huge story about four young men who had 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 of their names was Wes Moore.
Wes Moore, the Rhodes Scholar, became obsessed with the story of this man he'd never met but who shared much more than space in the same newspaper. Both had grown up in similar neighborhoods and had had difficult childhoods. After following the story of the...
About the Author
Wes Moore is a Rhodes Scholar, a combat veteran of Afghanistan, and has worked as a Special Assistant to Secretary Condoleezza Rice at the State Department as a White House Fellow. He was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, named one of Ebony magazine’s Top 30 Leaders Under 30 (2007), and most recently, dubbed one of the top young business leaders in America in Crain’s. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
"Startling and revelatory . . . a rocketing real-life narrative."--Baltimore Sun
"A moving book . . . a call to arms."--Chicago Tribune
"This intriguing narrative is enlightening, encouraging, and empowering. Read these words, absorb their meanings, and create your own plan to act and leave a legacy."--Tavis Smiley, from the Afterword
"[A] compassionate memoir--a story that explores how some survive and others sink in urban battlegrounds."--People
"Moore vividly and powerfully describes not just the culture of the streets but how it feels to be a boy growing up in a world where violence makes you a man."--O: The Oprah Magazine
"Inspiring . . . a story for our times."--Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here