What’s up next? The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, by Jeff Hobbs

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

My local book club is reading this biographical account of Robert Peace, a man who grew up in a notoriously rough neighborhood in Orange, NJ, just outside of Newark. His mother worked tirelessly to keep him safe and show him the way to a better life, but his father was a drug dealer who went to prison for murder, setting a different example. Robert Peace was brilliant. He made it to Yale and graduated with a degree in biochemistry. But he couldn’t pull free from the lure of dealing drugs and was gunned down back home at age thirty.

This book is written by Jeff Hobbs, Peace’s roommate and friend at Yale. It’s a look at two very different worlds and a study of one man who lived in both.

I’ve already started and it’s a pretty fast read so check back soon for my review!


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