Common Read Keynote: Wes Moore
September 28, 2017
Fine Arts Center
UMass Amherst Campus
The seventh annual Common Read for entering students is "The Other Wes Moore" by Wes Moore.
Included on bestseller lists by both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, "The Other Wes Moore" presents the true story of two young men, born just blocks from each other, who share the same name, a difficult childhood, and trouble with the law. Though they share many similarities in their early lives, one Wes Moore becomes a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran and successful business leader, while the other Wes Moore is serving a life sentence in jail for murder. Alternating between the stories of these two men, "The Other Wes Moore" explores the unique circumstances and personal decisions that culminated in two very different outcomes.