The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
The Chancellor's Reading Club selection for 2014 is The Other Wes More: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.
About the Author
Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Born in 1978, Wes and his sisters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he also played football and earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.
After his studies, Wes, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Wes then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The Johns Hopkins University, and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.
Wes is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors, and advocates who serve our nations youth. A portion of all book proceeds for The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates are being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy.
About the Selection
"Two hauntingly similar boys take starkly different paths in this searing tale of the ghetto... Moore writes with subtlety and insight about the plight of ghetto youth, viewing it from the inside out; he probes beneath the pathologies to reveal the pressures- poverty, a lack of prospects, the need to respond to violence with greater violence- that propelled the other Wes to his doom. The result is a moving exploration of roads not taken."
Where to Find the Selection
Incoming freshmen will receive the reading selection from University College at First Steps. Students are asked to read the book before Freshman Seminar begins in August. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates is an interesting read and sure to captivate the minds of learners. If you did not receive a copy at First Steps, please notify your freshman seminar instructor via email or in person as soon as possible. Students will only receive one complimentary copy of the book.
Reading Club Assignment
Entering freshmen, your initial Reading Club assignment is to: