The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

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Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, 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.



  • I found this theme to be quite fascinating, as it offered a well-rounded perspective on the successes and failures in the lives of two young men. It avoids clichés and presents the truth as it is. It instilled a sense of hope while also evoking a tinge of sadness. Although I listened to it while driving, which may not be the best way to evaluate the editing, I believe that it fell short in certain instances. Mr. Moore did a disservice to his own story by narrating the book himself. His reading style was rushed and interrupted, with frequent mid-sentence pauses that made it seem like he was out of breath. In my opinion, this was a significant flaw that greatly diminished my enjoyment of the book. While I would rate the story positively, the other aspects were distracting enough that I would not recommend it.
  • I was really let down by this book. The idea behind it had so much potential - exploring the contrasting lives of two individuals with the same name. Wes Moore, however, comes across more as someone making excuses rather than analyzing the situation. He seems to align himself more with Condoleezza Rice, someone who defends rather than critically examines black academia, rather than Cornell West. It's a bit disappointing to find out that Moore was essentially riding on the coattails of Rice for a whole year. Moreover, Moore seems to believe that social injustices are just random occurrences combined with military training, which is a simplistic view. It's unrealistic to suggest that sending every black boy to military school is the solution for achieving social justice.