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The Other Wes Moore (Hardcover) by Wes Moore
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Thanks to Google and the Internet, it's now very easy and fairly common for anyone to search the globe for other people who happen to share their name. But Wes Moore found out about his namesake in the newspaper. In December of 2000, Moore had just been written up in the Baltimore Sun for receiving a Rhodes scholarship when he read that another Wes Moore was being sought in connection with the shooting of a police officer following an armed robbery that had gone awry. Moore eventually uncovered a trail of eerie similarities connecting him to the other Wes Moore--they were the same age, from the same neighborhood in Baltimore, each raised by a single mother, and each had been tempted by a life of crime. Moore was driven to understand where their paths had diverged, so he wrote a letter to his namesake, who was now serving a life sentence for his crime. The two Wes Moores shared their stories with one another through regular correspondence and several visits, an experience which taught Moore, now a successful businessman and community leader, how fortunate he was to have a family and a group of teachers and mentors who refused to let him succumb to the streets.