Some critics may assume that Wes' book glorifies a criminal, but he says that was never his intention. "I think when you read the book and you understand the stories, you see that in no way is this a glorification," he says. "There are important lessons that can be learned from this story."

Wes says he certainly learned one chilling truth—the other Wes Moore's story could have been his.

"After doing 200 hours of interviews with Wes and his family and my friends and my family, I realized how little separates us from another life altogether," he says. "Had it not been for some significant and pretty creative intervention in my life and a lot of luck and support, and quite honestly, some tentative steps in the right direction, I could have easily gone down the wrong path."


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