The lives of 2 men growing up in single parent homes in a violent Baltimore neighborhood and how their lives take different turns.
The author examines eight years in the lives of both Wes Moores to explore the factors and choices that led one to a Rhodes scholarship, military service, and a White House fellowship, and the other to drug dealing, prison, and eventual conversion to the Muslim faith, with both sharing a gritty sense of realism about their pasts.

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