Lynne Olson has been a reporter and writer since shortly after her graduation from the University of Arizona. She spent seven years with the Associated Press, working as a national feature writer in New York, a foreign correspondent in AP’s Moscow bureau, and a political reporter in Washington. She left the AP to join the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House. She later taught journalism for five years as an assistant professor at American University in Washington.
Olson and her husband, Stanley Cloud, are co-authors of The Murrow Boys, which was named one of the best books of 1996 by Publishers Weekly. Freedom’s Daughters, Olson’s second book, was the first comprehensive history of women in the civil rights movement. Published in February 2001, it won a Christopher Award in 2002. Olson joined with Cloud again to write A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II, published by Alfred A. Knopf in September 2003.
Olson’s fourth book, Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April 2007. Drawing widespread acclaim, it was named by New York Times book reviewer William Grimes as one of his favorite books for 2007. It was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize in history.
Her next book, Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, was published by Random House in February 2010. A national bestseller, it was named one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books in nonfiction in 2010, as well as appearing on Amazon’s list of the top books of the year.
Olson’s latest book, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, will be published by Random House in March 2013.