Kirkus Reviews

“An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies.”

(July 4, 2016)



Publishers Weekly

“This ‘investigative travel memoir’ … provides an informative history of the Israeli kibbutzim … and examines prospects for the movement’s future.”

(Sept. 26, 2016)


The Ex-Puritan

“David Leach’s Chasing Utopia is a surprisingly nuanced take on the kibbutz movement, its failure(s), and its subsequent rebirths.”

(Fall 2017)


Quill & Quire

“Written with tremendous passion, Chasing Utopia is a stellar achievement.”

(October 2016)



The Jerusalem Post

“Beautifully written… his elegant and eloquent book seems testimony to that fact that hope may be necessary, but it is rarely sufficient.”

(Oct. 13, 2016)


Malahat Review

“His exquisite portraits are wonders of economy, and populate the book’s pages with an utterly engaging and visionary cast of characters. ” (Autumn 2017)


The Times of Israel

“Part memoir, part travelogue, and always a highly entertaining narrative nonfiction review of Israel’s unique social communities, Chasing Utopia is in many ways an exploration of modern day Israel itself.”

(Sept. 25, 2016)


The Toronto Star

“In praise of utopias, not dystopias.”

(Rick Salutin, Feb. 10, 2017)


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