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James S. Olson

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James Stuart Olson is an academic and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author. In 1994, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of History at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.[1]

Olson is the author (or co-author) of over thirty books, primarily non-fiction, and usually in the field of History. His most recent book was Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History, which won the 2002 History of Science Category Award from the Association of American Publishers. Olson wrote the book while suffering a malignant growth which resulted in the amputation of his hand.[2] The book was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best non-fiction books in America for 2002. In November 2008, Olson was honored by his alma mater, Brigham Young University, with its Distinguished Alumni Service Award.[1]


B.A., Brigham Young University
M.A., Ph.D., The State University of New York at Stony Brook


  • Native Americans in the Twentieth Century (Brigham Young University Press)
  • Slave Life in America: A Historiography and Selected Bibliography (University Press of America)
  • The Ethnic Dimension in American History (St. Martin’s Press);
  • Saving Capitalism: The Reconstruction Finance Corporation and the New Deal, 1933-1940 (Princeton University Press);
  • Catholic Immigrants in America (Nelson-Hall);
  • Winning is the Only Thing: Sports in America Since 1945 (The Johns Hopkins University Press);
  • Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam, 1945 to 1990
  • An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of China. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. 1998. ISBN 0-313-28853-4.
  • etc.


  • Harold Lee Wise – Author of Inside the Danger Zone:The U.S. Military in the Persian Gulf, 1987–1988 (Naval Institute Press, 2007)


  1. ^ a b SHSUOnline. "Olson Named One Of BYU's 'Distinguished'". Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  2. ^ History Today; Bathsheba's Breast: Women,...; Jul 2002