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The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters

6 CDs. 6:33 hrs. Books on Tape. 2015. ISBN 9780804190930. $35. digital download. MEMOIR
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Moore's (The Other Wes Moore) story is impressive. His parents enrolled him in a military prep school, after which he went to Johns Hopkins and played varsity football. He was a Rhodes Scholar (his description of that experience could be a book on its own), a commissioned army officer, worked for the Department of Homeland Security, and saw active duty in Afghanistan. Now Moore is a motivational speaker and writer. His story is interspersed with advice and the stories of other "21st-century change makers." While the advice is stock—"The chance to serve is the best way to say thank you"; "We must make our time on earth matter"—the other people profiled are appealing. They include the Sri Lankan immigrant who headed the Peace Corps and the man who founded KIND (natural food distribution with profits to Israeli and Palestinian farmers), but it is not apparent that Moore has any connection with them other than his admiration.
VERDICT An optional purchase for libraries where self-help and inspirational books are popular.

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