Author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Jeff Hobbs is the author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, a New York Times bestseller. In The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Hobbs documents the life of his roommate and best friend from college. Robert Peace was born in an impoverished neighborhood outside Newark nicknamed “Illtown.” Through a rare and delicate interplay of intelligence, ambition, luck, and sacrifice, Peace earned admission to Yale, where he majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and graduated with distinction. He also sold marijuana to his fellow classmates. Almost exactly nine years after graduation, Peace was murdered violently in a drug related homicide in a basement one mile from the house he’d grown up in. In this book Hobbs is telling a story about America through the intimate portrait of a single individual. It is a story about this country’s challenges in the realms of education, identity, and race.