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What is a "Common Read" and why are we doing this?
The Common Reading Program is designed to provide all new first-year (FYE) students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, critical thinking, and encourage a sense of community among students, faculty and staff. This year the Polk State College community will be reading The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
The Other Wes Moore by
Publication Date: 2011-01-11
The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his. Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.