The Churchill Centre is pleased to welcome Lynne Olson, a noted journalist and author for the last 40 years who will be speaking on Friday June 14th following a reception held in the Great Hall of the Diocesan House at St. Mark’s in Seattle at 6:00pm (Map). Lynne has enjoyed an influential career as a reporter and writer since the early 1970s starting with the Associated Press, where she specialized in feature writing. Olson was named to AP’s top feature writing team in New York, which focused on developing and writing stories about the country’s rapidly changing social mores. In 1973, she was asked by the AP to become the wire service’s first woman correspondent in Moscow where she was based from 1974 to 1976 and covered important news events as the Apollo-Soyuz space mission and President Nixon’s visit to the Soviet Union. In 1976, Olson was reassigned to Washington, where she was chosen to cover Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign.
After Carter became president, Olson joined the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House. In 1981, she quit the Sun to become a freelance writer for the Washington Post, American Heritage, Smithsonian, Working Woman, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Ms., Elle, Glamour, Washington Journalism Review and Baltimore Magazine. She also 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 in 1996 by Publishers Weekly. Freedom’s Daughters, Olson’s second book, is the first comprehensive history of women in the civil rights movement and 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 wide critical acclaim, it was named one of the top 10 books of 2007 by New York Times book reviewer William Grimes and was 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, was endorsed by former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, who remarked, “With this stirring book, Lynne Olson confirms her status as our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy. The book tells the extraordinary tale of America’s internal debate about whether and how to stop Hitler. Filled with fascinating anecdotes and surprising twists, the text raises moral and practical questions that we still struggle with today.”
Join us at the Seattle Churchill Centre’s event on June 14th to meet Lynne and Stan over wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres and listen to a fascinating lecture presentation. Space at the event is limited to less than 100 – register online below to reserve your place. (Payment is processed through PayPal, but you do not have to have a paypal account – you may enter the shopping cart as a “guest”).
Adult rate $35:
Educator/Student rate $20:
Students of history and politics are strongly encouraged to attend. For those who carry student ID, we offer a discounted student rate of $20.