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First-Year Book - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates: About the Book/Author

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About The Author

Wes Moore was born in 1978 and was three years old when his father, a respected radio and tele­vi­sion host, died in front of him.  His mother, hop­ing for a bet­ter future for her fam­ily, made great sac­ri­fices to send Wes and his sis­ters to pri­vate school.  Caught between two worlds—the afflu­ence of his class­mates and the strug­gles of his neighbors—Wes began to act out, suc­cumb­ing to bad grades, sus­pen­sions, and delin­quen­cies. 

Despite his struggles, Wes grad­u­ated Phi Theta Kappa as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions.  At Johns Hop­kins he was hon­ored by the Mary­land Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame.  He com­pleted an MLitt in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions from Oxford Uni­ver­sity as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004.

Wes, also, para­trooper and Cap­tain in the United States Army, serv­ed a com­bat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion in 2005–2006, spear­headed the Amer­i­can strate­gic sup­port plan for the Afghan Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Pro­gram that unites for­mer insur­gents with the new Afghan Gov­ern­ment and he is rec­og­nized as an author­ity on the rise and ram­i­fi­ca­tions of rad­i­cal Islamism in the West­ern Hemi­sphere.  A White House Fel­low from 2006–2007, Wes served as a Spe­cial Assis­tant to Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice.

*Biography and photograph from website The Other Wes Moore

Thanks to...

Jahan Mahdi, intern from Valdosta State University's Master of Library and Information Science program, for creating this guide, with assistance from La Loria Konata, Coordinator of Student Services, and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Sociology Librarian.

The Other Wes Moore

Two kids with the same name, liv­ing in the same city.  One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, dec­o­rated com­bat vet­eran, White House Fel­low, and busi­ness leader.  The other is serv­ing a life sen­tence in prison for felony mur­der.  Here is the story of two boys and the jour­ney of a generation.




Wes just couldn’t shake off the unset­tling coin­ci­dence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same news­pa­per.  After fol­low­ing the story of the rob­bery, the man­hunt, and the trial to its con­clu­sion, he wrote a let­ter to the other Wes, now a con­victed mur­derer serv­ing a life sen­tence with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of parole.  His let­ter ten­ta­tively asked the ques­tions that had been haunt­ing him: Who are you? How did this happen?

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