ningerbil (ningerbil) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 59

59. The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore. An interesting -- and true -- story of two men named Wes Moore. They were about the same age, grew up in the same area and had similar backgrounds. But then, one became a Rhodes scholar, and the other is serving a life sentence without parole for murder. What were the differences in their upbringing that lead to these drastically different conclusions. That's what is explored. I think the author sums it up best, though: "The chilling truth is his story could have been mine. The tragedy is my story could have been his." The book also includes a lengthy list of organizations dedicated to helping youth in the back. I liked the fact that the author makes no excuses for his actions or the actions of the now-imprisoned Wes Moore. I did find it interesting, however, that he says towards the end that he couldn't say why both their paths diverged so completely. It's only my opinion, but two things stood out. One, is while both young men didn't have a father for most of their lives, the reasons are very different. The author's father died when he was three of an infection, and had been a successful media person. The incarcerated Wes Moore's father was just absentee. Another key different were the mothers. When the author's mother noticed her son was heading for trouble, even after trying to place him in a private school, she sacrificed and carried out her threat to send him to a strict military school. The incarcerated man's mother, after finding about $4,000 in drugs in his son's room, flushes it down the toilet and tells him not to do it again.
Tags: autobiography, non-fiction

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