Rich Benjamin


“Thoroughly engaging and eye-opening.” — Booklist (starred review)

Benjamin “writes in rapturous prose.” — The Wilson Quarterly

“A daring feat of 21st Century exploration that will have you laughing and shuddering at the same time.” — Barbara Ehrenreich

“A journey through the whitest communities of America that is bound to be thought-provoking, especially when the voyager is as observant and articulate as Rich Benjamin. A very entertaining read with a message worth pondering.”
Robert D. Putnam, author, Bowling Alone, and the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

“A major publication to be widely read and discussed. Benjamin’s on-the-ground reporting will have a decisive impact on public awareness. Its influence is likely to be enduring, especially since the trend he is describing is far from mature.”
Andrew Ross, Professor, New York University, author The Celebration Chronicles



“An essential tool in questioning, appreciating, and better understanding these most historic times. As we move forward in a brand-new America, Searching for Whitopia gives us clues as to how our population might resettle and regroup, on our way to becoming a more (or less) perfect union.”
Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Brother, I’m Dying

“The revelatory chapters about New York City made me want to cry. Generous and understanding to all of its subjects, Searching for Whitopia is a eulogy for an unsustainable lifestyle that flies in the face of a changing America.”
— Christian Lander, blogger and author, Stuff White People Like

“A wry and chilling tour of America’s all-white communities.” — Time Out New York

“A courageous book that holds a mirror up to our country. The reflection is one we can no longer afford to ignore.” — David Sirota, author, syndicated columnist

“A recipe for a riot: an inquisitive black writer journeying into some of the most segregated neighborhoods in the country. But Benjamin pulls off his quest with good cheer.”

“In the end a chilling vision of the future for progressive values.”– Daily Kos

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