Wes Moore among new "Greatest Generation"

Rhodes Scholar, Army Captain, paratrooper and veteran of Afghanistan, Wes Moore is honored in Time as one of its New Greatest Generation (the story is behind a paywall). Moore has started a mentoring program for first time offenders in his native Baltimore.

Watch this video for more on the Time story, and then read what Moore's web site has to say about "The Other Wes Moore," his book about two people with the same name whose lives went in dramatically different directions:

In Decem­ber 2000, the Bal­ti­more Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local stu­dent who had just received a Rhodes Schol­ar­ship. The same paper also ran a series of arti­cles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police offi­cer in a spec­tac­u­larly botched armed rob­bery. The police were still hunt­ing for two of the sus­pects who had gone on the lam, a pair of broth­ers. One was named Wes Moore.

Wes just couldn’t shake off the unset­tling coin­ci­dence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same news­pa­per. After fol­low­ing the story of the rob­bery, the man­hunt, and the trial to its con­clu­sion, he wrote a let­ter to the other Wes, now a con­victed mur­derer serv­ing a life sen­tence with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of parole. His let­ter ten­ta­tively asked the ques­tions that had been haunt­ing him: Who are you? How did this happen?

Moore will be speaking at IdeaFestival 2011.