Peter Benjaminson

Selected Works

Nonfiction
The first biography of Mary Wells ever published. Click on the "Mary Wells" link below under "Quick Links" to visit www.marywellsbook.com for excerpts, reviews, table of contents, updates, purchase information, etc.
The biography of the founder of the Supremes, who died in poverty. Click on "The Lost Supreme" link under "Quick Links" below to visit this book's website.
The first book ever written on the decline of big-city afternoon newspapers in America.
The first how-to book ever written on investigative reporting.
The first book ever written about the Motown Record Company.
The inside story of the police who root out the criminals among NYC civil servants.

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AUTHOR REVEALS SCAM BEHIND BALLARD MOVIE AS MARY WELLS TRAILER IS RELEASED AND SVA LEADER ENDORSES FLORENCE BALLARD AND MARY BOOKS

SVA LEADER ENDORSES PETER'S BOOKS ON FLO BALLARD AND MARY WELLS






Williamson Henderson, director of the New York City Stonewall Veterans Association, endorses Author Peter Benjaminson and his two most recent books, "The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard" and "Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar."



For info on Peter's most recent book, MARY WELLS: THE TUMULTUOUS LIFE OF MOTOWN'S FIRST SUPERSTAR (2012), visit www.marywellsbook.com or www.amazon.com.

For info on THE LOST SUPREME: THE LIFE OF DREAMGIRL FLORENCE BALLARD(2008), visit www.thelostsupreme.com or www.amazon.com.

AUTHOR BIO

Peter Benjaminson was born in Washington, D.C. and was a reporter and City-County Bureau Chief for the DETROIT FREE PRESS from 1970-76. While at the Free Press, he wrote the book INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, with Dave Anderson (Indiana University Press, 1976 and Iowa State University Press, 1990), the first how-to book in that field. It was in print for 20 years.

In 1979 he wrote THE STORY OF MOTOWN (New York: Grove Press), the first U.S. book ever written about the Motown Record Company. From 1979 to 1981 he was a reporter for the ATLANTA JOURNAL and the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION. He taught journalism at Binghamton University, New York University, and Columbia University from 1981-91. In 1984, he wrote DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON: AMERICA'S NEWSPAPER GIANTS STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL (Andrews, McMeel) the first and only book ever written about the death of afternoon newspapers in America's big cities. In 1992, he wrote PUBLISH WITHOUT PERISHING (National Education Association and National Writers Union) and in 1997, he wrote SECRET POLICE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF INVESTIGATION (New York: Barricade Books).

From 1991-1994 he was the spokesman for the NYC Department of Investigation. He was Assistant Editor of THE CHIEF-LEADER newspaper in New York City from 1994-1998 and the spokesman for the NYC Correction Officers Benevolent Association from 1998-2003. In 2003 and 2009 he was the spokesman for Members for Change in NYC Teamsters Local 237.

In 2008 he wrote THE LOST SUPREME: THE LIFE OF DREAMGIRL FLORENCE BALLARD (Lawrence Hill Books/​Chicago Review Press.) His next book, MARY WELLS: THE TUMULTUOUS LIFE OF MOTOWN'S FIRST SUPERSTAR, the first biography of Mary "My Guy" Wells ever written, was released by Chicago Review Press on November 1, 2012. He is now working on a biography of Rick James.

He lives in New York City.