The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

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… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets.

“The Short Tragic Life of Robert Peace” is a book that is as much about class as it is race.

Hobbs is a solid writer with considerable empathy and gifts for narrative and suspense. What mars this book is only the often bland prose. Where there is a cliché at Hobbs’s disposal, an interesting word simply won’t do.


Book Details  


Publisher: Scribner (September 23, 2014)

Collection: Scribner

Parent ISBN: 9781476731919

Page count: 416 pages

File size: 6.1 MB

Language: English

Awards: Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2014 winner


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