"The Other Wes Moore:
One Name, Two Fates"

by Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

The 2017 Mississippi State Maroon Edition book selection is “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.” It is the compelling story of how two young men who start out with the same name, at the same time and in the same neighborhood end up in two very different places.

The book was first published in 2010 by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, and received critical praise for its gripping account of the difficulties of adolescence and the life-changing consequences of the decisions these two young men make.

“Wes Moore shares a powerful and important story, but one that doesn’t offer any easy solutions to the many challenges of poverty,” said President Mark E. Keenum, who announced the selection in a campus-wide email message Friday [March 10].

Nevertheless, “I believe you will find it offers hope -- hope that strong families and communities can make a crucial difference,” Keenum wrote.

Moore is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Mississippi State’s Fall Convocation in August.

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. --Henry David Thoreau