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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -
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.
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.
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.
Jabberwock12 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99
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