The premise seems compelling: Two boys, same name, same background, same neighborhood. However, one becomes a Rhode Scholar and the other becomes an inmate serving a life sentence. What led to these boys’ diverging paths? A reporting and analysis would be presented. Only, the final product did not deliver on that premise.
Wes Moore’s The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates (2010) is a New York Times bestseller that is now common on many schools’ summer reading list. That’s how I came about purchasing it. In the end, I found the book stylistically bland, socially relevant, and politically irresponsible.
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