The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

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An instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man who escaped Newark, NJ, to attend Yale, but still faced the dangers of the streets when he returned is, “nuanced and shattering” (People) and “mesmeric” (The New York Times Book Review).When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks. A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships—with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends—The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love. It’s about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds—the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and the slums of Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. It’s about trying to live a decent life in America. But most all this “fresh, compelling” (The Washington Post) story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and “a haunting American tragedy for our times” (Entertainment Weekly).
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781476731926
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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Robert Peace, as the subtitle says, was a brilliant young man, who could not overcome the lure of the streets. Haunting. Compelling. Sad.


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redtayres
Jul 27, 2017

You know from the outset, the title, that things will not end well for Robert Peace and somehow, that doesn't keep his story from being any less compelling. A young man who seemingly had the world at his fingertips - against all odds - was unable to grasp that golden ring and lead him to the successes which were within his reach. Why? The author provides no direct answers, thankfully, but his detailed study of the life of Rob Pence leaves the reader with the ability to draw their own conclusions. As a result, this book is not only a fabulous read but also one which would give a book group and endless amount of discussion avenues. Read it; excellent.

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tauseef365
May 20, 2017

Fascinating. Truth is stranger than fiction. This book should be studied in American sociology classes. The conflict and struggle among many disparate worlds and personalities is ultimately, as the title states, tragic. I was mostly rooting for Rob as he rose above his circumstances as a child, and I recommended it to my teenagers. Then I read more, and I was horrified, and I told my kids to skip it. This is a story of a man's roots being a towering anchor. I don't think a sheltered white writer is the right person to write this book, as real world racism rarely figures into the telling, and that's a significant deficit when trying to understand Rob Peace's tragically flawed decision-making process.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Unforgettable.

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23114016374730
Mar 08, 2016

This was a great book. The story was so captivating. Both the story's content (the life of such a smart young man) and the author's writing style worked together to spin a great story that will remain in your heart and mind long after the last page is read.

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MooseMama
Sep 22, 2015

Although I enjoyed the book, I feel as if it could have been shorter. This goes to show you that not everyone that is brilliant and goes to an ivy league school ends up perfect. This is a reality check for the younger generation.

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Tomkitty1
Sep 03, 2015

This is one of these factual stories that will stay with you forever. I could not put this book down ... and after I was finished, I could not get this young man out of my head. What a great loss to the science world! Degrees in biochemistry/astrophysics. You have to be heavy in the brains department to get degrees in these two science majors. I sincerely hope Mr. Peace is finally at peace. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING.

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yontichat
Aug 23, 2015

This story has stayed with me even months after having finished the book - which I could not put down - total heartbreaker - left me wanting to do good in Robert Peace's name - if your reading this review don't even hesitate - read the book -

MaryBee Jun 25, 2015

This book was very compelling. It traces the course of Robert's short, and yes, tragic life. The influences in Robert's life were varied, but even a Yale education and the support of many friends and family could not influence the trajectory of his life. I could not put this book down.

Jabberwock12 May 13, 2015

If you're going to read one book this year, you should take a look at The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace. You don't really know anyone, even your best friend(s). A standout in the classroom and a star athlete, he had the makings of a future role model but his own upbringing and what I believe his goal to be just like his dad was his own downfall. Getting caught up in the illegal sales of marijuana, he was the mastermind behind a giant drug trade worthy of HBOs The Wire but played it off to his friends and family like nothing was going on. This book makes you one and the same with Robert Peace and by the time you get to the end, it's like hearing bad news about a close friend. I'd say it was a good to very good read. I felt like the book could have wrapped up some 50 - 100 pages before it did finally but it's one that's worth the time.

JMFlaherty Mar 06, 2015

It's not about class, race, or even income. (Altho socio-economics do have a role.) It's more about not having a strong, supportive, well-connected family there for you.
Yale University could have done more to guide this gifted young man into an appropriate career for his talents. From what I read, Yale did nothing. Students entering college are teenagers. They are still children and need guidance. They should not be enabled to live in a campus house and set up a drug dispensary (even if just marijuana) to survive.
I don't think Jeff Hobbs knew Rob Peace as well as he thinks he did. Book reflects our world.

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