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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]



  • 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

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