Book Discussions for Faculty
in the Center for Excellence:
Thursday, October 17 from 1-2 pm
Thursday, November 14 from 1-2 pm
New York Times: "The book is a reminder of two basic truths about poverty and race in America. The first is that American antipoverty efforts have been disgracefully inadequate...Far too many Americans are caught in a whirlpool of poverty, broken families, failed schools and self-destructive behavior that is replicated generation after generation...The second basic truth underscored by this story is that kids can escape the whirlpool — but they need help." More from NYT on the book here.
Publisher's Weekly: "Two hauntingly similar boys take starkly different paths in this searing tale of the ghetto. Moore, an investment banker, Rhodes scholar, and former aide to Condoleezza Rice, was intrigued when he learned that another Wes Moore, his age and from the same area of Greater Baltimore, was wanted for killing a cop. Meeting his double and delving into his life reveals deeper likenesses: raised in fatherless families and poor black neighborhoods, both felt the lure of the money and status to be gained from dealing drugs. That the author resisted the criminal underworld while the other Wes drifted into it is chalked up less to character than to the influence of relatives, mentors, and expectations that pushed against his own delinquent impulses, to the point of exiling him to military school. Moore writes with subtlety and insight about the plight of ghetto youth, viewing it from inside and 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."