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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  741 ratings  ·  106 reviews
The acclaimed author of The Other Wes Moore continues his inspirational quest for a meaningful life and shares the powerful lessons—about self-discovery, service, and risk-taking—that led him to a new definition of success for our times.
The Work is the story of how one young man traced a path through the world to find his life’s purpose. Wes Moore graduated from a difficu
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Published January 13th 2015 by Spiegel & Grau (first published April 1st 2014)
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Nancy Kennedy
What a challenge Wes Moore had, to follow up his bestselling book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, about his journey as an at-risk youth on the gritty streets of Baltimore to his triumph as a Rhodes scholar. I don't envy that assignment at all!

In his first book, Mr. Moore contrasted his life to that of another young African American with the same name born in the same city into similar conditions, yet how that Wes Moore ended up incarcerated for life with a murder conviction. You reall
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 16-18

5* for the inspiration 3* for the execution.
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
If you have not read anything by this author, I would start with "The Other Wes Moore"; I recently saw the author speak at a local university and he is a gifted storyteller.

Wes Moore survived a difficult childhood in the Bronx and Baltimore and went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, work on Wall Street, combat soldier deployed to Afghanistan, serve as a White House Fellowship and beyond. This book is a reflection on the nature of work and passion in his own life and his quest to continually fi
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice approach - Wes' story interspersed with the stories of others pursuing their passions and interests. Includes a 37-page "Resource Guide" of international organizations, NGOs, advocacy groups that "epitomize the 'work' being done every single day."

P. 177 - "I saw how in my own academic journey it was the holistic nature of learning that helped make the academic foundations actually mean something to me." The holistic nature included academic course work, internships/externships & service
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I won this book from a giveaway...thanks.
This was a very inspirational read for me. Mr. Moore made it thru a very hard life growing up yet he is positive and learns from people he encounters. He seems to be constantly striving to learn more and better the world he lives in. After reading this book I am eager to read his book "The Other Wes Moore" which looks like it will be another great book. I look for Mr. Moore to accomplish great things!!!
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review. A great storyteller, I was moved by this powerful book.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wes is a stellar story teller who shares the lessons of his life, and those of others, in a compelling and thought-provoking narrative.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Work is a memorable read that I highly recommend. It creates a desire to evaluate what we think about life's events on many levels. Wes Moore shares his own internal thoughts plus allows many others to share their own experiences and the lessons they've learned from their own life events.

It is a timely book because the experiences of those in the book relate to current international and national events. When he spoke of civil rights and Martin Luther King, it was a reminder of this summer's
Interest level: 2 stars. Soporific level: 5 stars. Required reading, need I say more? Good lord, I am fairly certain my argumentative essay will have something to do with this book; I can't imagine how I'll manage if it does. . . unleeeessss, I can argue it put me to sleep.
I have to be honest - I expected more. I had heard a lot about this author, most notably his book "The Other Wes Moore" comparing two kids with the same name having very different lives. That book focused on how upbringing, support networks and opportunity (or the lack thereof) combine to make kids flourish or get lost in the system. The current book advocates for people to be more of a social justice advocate/warrior especially if they get to a point where they can really make a difference.

I ha
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
Wes Moore's inspirational story in The Other Wes Moore, inspired me to look for this book about moving on with his adult life and finding work that matters. But it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting more of a straightforward memoir, like the first book. Instead, we get moments of memoir, although superficial and skipping over large parts (in particular we barely get to know his fiancee at all). And interspersed are stories of inspirational people he meets along the way, from one ...more
Debbie Phillips
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Debbie by: Garfield Park Book Club Member
I did not like this book. It was torture for me to read each chapter. I was reading it aloud to my husband for our library book club. I wanted to quit. My hubby convinced me to persevere. I hate to quit once I start reading a book so we read on. The final chapters were a little better than the beginning, but not much. One of the ladies in the book club did improve our view of the book slightly by her comments, but only slightly. I would not recommend this book to anyone I know.

It held little rel
Ahmad Barakat
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the greatest memoirs and was one of the NY Times bestsellers. It grabs attention right away “Flight attendants, please be seated and prepare for landing” after the twin towers had fallen on September 11th, this flight was on September 23rd when he was on his way to London, after the tragedy that had happened with the twin towers. His life could have been on the line, if he was at the towers during the plane crash “I was scheduled to have a meeting that day at Morgan Stanley, ...more
Yolanda Johnson-Bryant
The Work– Wes Moore – Publication Date: January 13, 2015 – 978-0812993578–Spiegel & Grau– Paperback ARC- 210 Pages - 3.5 Stars
Although I would never try to discredit anyone's struggle or plight to success, reading The Work by Wes Moore initially had me thinking, "Another guide to success by someone who was granted opportunities that the average person, struggling for success would not and has not been allotted."
In discussing this book with a colleague, it was suggested that I read The Other
Michael Griswold
I think that Wes Moore hit on three key points that mattered for this reviewer. 1. You don't have to find your path in life the moment the university doors close behind you. There are very few wunderkinds who know it all at a youthful age. I think that sometimes in today's youth-oriented culture, there is this fear that if we don't make it now, we never will. 2. This process entails a lot of hard work that often is not glamorous and is often conducted behind the scenes based on elements of perso ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this snippet from the description - "Our truest work happens when we serve others, at the intersection between our gifts and our broken world. That’s where we find the work that lasts." Wes Moore rose from the streets of Baltimore and the Bronx to become a Rhodes Scholar, a paratrooper and combat officer in Afghanistan, a White House fellow, a Wall Street banker and a youth advocate.
Unlike many, Wes Moore's success came from determination, drive and hard work. While attending a militar
Christine Zibas
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike most people who probably read or intend to read this book, I never heard of the author, nor did I read his first book. I was drawn to this nonfiction book strictly based on its subject matter, and while I didn't get what I expected, I enjoyed it very much anyway. Moore uses both his own life experiences (from being a Rhodes Scholar through Wall Street to the fields of Afghanistan to a White House Fellowship and beyond) to reflect on the nature of work and passion in his own life.

He also i
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Wes Moore is very inspirational and his message of finding work that matters, while stated before by many, is presented in a novel way. Mr. Moore presents his own journey from student to Army Captain in Afghanistan to Wall Street Banker to social entrepreneur interspersed with the stories of other inspirational people.

There were a few places where I found a bit too much self help flavor mixed into the story. However, overall I really enjoyed the book. At the end there
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through a giveaway and it's my first time reading anything by Wes Moore.

I'm not a huge fan of memoirs. I think I mostly avoid them because I've tried reading memoirs by celebrities in the past and just haven't cared for their personal stories.

This book was different in that Wes Moore has a life worth sharing, at least in my opinion, and I feel fortunate enough to have read this book. He speaks to me at a time when I'm trying to decide what to do with my own life and wonder
Mike Warner
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not that they need compared - but I liked this even after feeling mixed about "The Other Wes Moore" I feel there is more of a relaxed, refreshing voice. Moore is not trying to triangulate to appease multiple audiences, yet his life experiences and generous intellectual disposition allows space and inspires effort for bridging multiple audiences.

He has been inside the two most hegemonic institutions of the U.S. - Wall Street and the Military - and retains a reflective space to critically apprecia
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of the other reviews, Wes' first book is a real gem and anything after that would be hard to follow. I liked 'The Work' because I love a good story about someone working hard and making it despite all life's challenges and setbacks; this is definitely that story. What saved the book for me is the stories of other people he met along the way that he weaved throughout the book. Those felt fresh and authentic when I was a little bored reading about how great Wes was. All in all, it is a g ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Work is a very positive, upbeat book relating the adult life of the author thus far. He has profiled several other positive, upbeat persons and their work in the pages as well. The appendix offers study type questions to get the reader's thought processes going to steer the reader toward success and happiness in his or her work place.

Wes Moore is a Rhodes Scholar, has served in the military of the United States, worked in world banking and more. He pulls from each of these experiences to hel
I really enjoyed Wes Moore's first book The Other Wes Moore, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. It didn't really go over with me as well as that one though. The Work has an entirely focus. It does include more about Wes Moore's life and how he wound up in the position he did now and what inspired him to be there. He also intersperses each chapter of his own story with the stories of others who are doing inspiring work.

I admire what he is trying to do with the book and
Wes Moore seems like an interesting dude with a fascinating life. I might read his other, more popular book "The Other Wes Moore" sometime. It really is cool to know that this dude tried so hard to screw up and somehow (mostly by loving family and wicked quick wits) he ended up a huge success.

This book was OK. It's just him telling stories about people living good, honorable, productive lives. He has a special affinity for underdogs, and he takes care to show how any one life could have gone in
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moore tells of his life in the inner-city of Baltimore to Rhodes scholar, to service in Afganistan to success on Wall Street to motivational speaker. The book was filled with reflections on the people who helped him along the way, and there were many. One of his observations, "Fiction never allowed me to forget the humanity of the people," goes along with some of my recent thinking. Good fiction does not just entertain but gives us a deeper understanding and compassion for people. A well-told st ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
3.5 - I think I was looking for something more prescriptive and inspirational rather than hearing more about his life. Not that his life isn't interesting,but he sort of skips the part where he goes from quitting his financial job to founding an education organization focusing on first-year college completion rates. I'd have liked to hear how he narrowed in on that being his passion issue since education isn't really mentioned as a passion directly prior to that. With that as his passion, how di ...more
Okay so I meant to check out the audio of Wes Moore's other book- The Other Wes Moore and accidentally grabbed this one instead.

But this turned out just fine. Moore has had a remarkable career and life, and I would really like to read more about his early life which he examines in The Other Wes Moore so that is still on my list.

He reads the audio for this title and does a really good job as he isn't an actor or professional narrator. Though calling him a "regular guy" is a bit of a stretch too,
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not big into motivational books, but this book spoke to me in ways others didn't. It wasn't preachy, but it made its points through autobiographical experiences. I'm not a risk taker, and, therefore, I didn't listen to my heart and follow my passion until late in life, when I had all the support I needed. (And how happy I am that that passion included providing a service to the community.) Clearly, Wes Moore had a lot of support (family, friends, mentors, wife) in taking his journey, and tha ...more
Ms. Reader
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this boo from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review....

I really wish I had read the authors first book before reading this one, but nonetheless I was very please with this. The author is a very talented writer and I enjoyed reading this book very much. He writes a lot of motivational, inspirational and encouraging things in this book. He manages to do so without sounding like a self-absorbed, self-righteous, better-then-everyone type or without sounding like he is thr
Alex Williams
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read with many relevant connection points. Wes uses short stories from his own experiences to teach various lessons around how we all need others to be successful. It's through various relationships that others can help us connect with our true work, lest as Wes says - we become extraordinarily ordinary. I plan to go back and read his first book, The Other Wes Moore, a true story about a kid with the same name who grew up in his neighborhood and committed murder. Wes talks about ...more
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Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, promising business leader and author.

Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. At Johns Hopkins he was honored by the Maryland College Football Hall of Fame. He completed an MLitt i
“Service simply means we embrace the possibility of living for more than ourselves.” 3 likes
“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives, and it’s the rare person who can walk away from what feels like a sure thing.” 3 likes
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