Peter Benjaminson

Selected Works

The first biography of Mary Wells ever published. Click on the "Mary Wells" link below under "Quick Links" to visit 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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The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard

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NOTE RE MOVIE TO BE BASED ON THE BOOK: Although it was originally and truthfully announced on this website that Faith Evans (pictured below with a copy of "The Lost Supreme") was slated to play Florence Ballard in the movie version of the book and Martha Coolidge, who directed "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," with Halle Berry, was signed as Director, the movie's Executive Producer, Karen Spencer, was actually Jami McCoy, a federal fugitive from a 2009 conviction in federal court for bank fraud and identify theft. Ms. Spencer/​McCoy has since been recaptured and is serving a four-year, three-month prison term in Texas.

Faith Evans holds a copy of "The Lost Supreme"


"Amazing... Uses Flo's own words to detail her soulful journey to the top and her sad, unrhythmic spiral back downwards... You will absolutely love the crushed optimist Flo after reading this riveting book." -Michael Musto, VILLAGE VOICE.

"Superlative... Benjaminson attempts valiantly, painstakingly to resurrect the reputation of founding Supreme member Flo Ballard... [An] engaging biography." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

"Written as much with a reporter's dry eye for facts as a fan's reverence... Ballard finally get to have her say, and she manages to tell her story with more dignity than rancor." -BOSTON GLOBE.

"Flo Ballard's remarkable story is a personal Greek tragedy. In his wonderful The Lost Supreme, Peter Benjaminson tells it masterfully, with all the drama and empathy her life deserves. In his talented hands, Flo earns the lasting stardom she was deprived of in life." - GERALD POSNER, author of Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power

"Get to know the real Flo, from the beginning to the end. A must read." - OTIS WILLIAMS, the Temptations

"A classic showbiz saga... You want to keep reading. There is real drama here, and a spunky, sympathetic leading lady." AARP

"Concise, coherent, and engaging. Readers will definitely enjoy this well-written biography." -LIBRARY JOURNAL