Peter Benjaminson is the author of eight books, four about investigations and journalism, and four about the legendary Motown Record Company. He is now working on a book about espionage.
His latest book, THE STORY OF MOTOWN NEW AND REVISED EDITION, will be released by Rare Bird Books on September 18, 2018. It was originally released by Grove Press in 1979, and was the first book ever published in this country about the Motown Record Company.
Peter's previous book, SUPER FREAK: THE LIFE OF RICK JAMES, was released by Chicago Review Press on March 1, 2017. Chicago also released Peter's previous book, MARY WELLS: THE TUMULTUOUS LIFE OF MOTOWN'S FIRST SUPERSTAR, the only biography of this great Motown vocalist ever written, in 2012. and his book THE LOST SUPREME: THE LIFE OF DREAMGIRL FLORENCE BALLARD, in 2008.
Born in Washington, D.C., Peter 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 David 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.
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).
Peter's MARY WELLS book was greeted with a glowing full-page review in the WALL STREET JOURNAL.