Number of page: 416
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Social Science
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).
- A Google User
THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League But Did Not Survive Ambitious, moving tale of an inner-city Newark kid who made it to Yale yet succumbed to old demons and economic realities. Novelist Hobbs (The Tourists, 2007) combines memoir, sociological analysis and urban narrative elements, producing a perceptive page-turner regarding the life of his eponymous protagonist, also his college roommate. Peace’s mother was fiercely independent, working nonstop in
- Elizabeth Quinn
This young man had unlimited potential, but ultimately could not see past where he came from, despite the best efforts of family and friends .truly heartbreaking. He was unable to get out of his own way.
- Shayla H
Left Me Feeling Deeply Touched I couldn’t put it down. Such a well written, fascinating story that illustrates thr amazing life of a troubled yet genius young man.
- Buddy Hatfield
Riveting Robert Peace’s life began with challenges over which he had no control. His mother, Jackie, wanted more for her son and with the loving support she and Rob’s father provided he graduated from Yale with distinction. This book, unflinchingly written by his college roommate, is the account of his bright but short journey here. Ultimately, what makes his story so readable and heartrending is Rob’s life and the way he chose to live it. Clearly, one of the best books I’ve read in the past year.
- Matt Pirog
Heart breaking. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Changed my life. Must read
LibraryThing Review A complete heartbreaker featuring a brilliant mind clouded by weed, alcohol, poverty, and circumstance. Robert Peace, native of Orange, NJ, son of devoted parents, Yale graduate, friend to many in all
- Barbara Hoffert
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League but Did Not Survive Robert Peace grew up on the mean streets of Newark, NJ, raised by a mother earning just $15,000 a year while his father languished in jail. Innate intelligence and, doubtless, immeasurable drive got
LibraryThing Review This biography, which signals its key irony by the subtitle A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, is an honest and heartfelt tribute to a dear friend. Rob’s many gifts—a brilliant
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