Search - List of Books by Jack Olsen

Jack Olsen (June 7, 1925 – July 16, 2002) was an American journalist and author known for his thorough, scholarly approach to crime reporting. He was Midwest bureau chief for Time magazine and a senior editor for Sports Illustrated. He was also a regular contributor to other publications, including Fortune and Vanity Fair.

Books written by Olsen sold thirty-three million copies. Several of his books examined the intersection of law and politics during the late 1960s-early 1970s. These include Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt, (Pratt, a leader of the Black Panther Party, was declared innocent and released from prison after serving 25 years on the perjured testimony of a paid FBI informant), and The Bridge at Chappaquiddick, (examining the 1969 car crash and death that damaged Sen. Edward Kennedy's political career). As Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward write in their book All The President's Men, the book was one of several checked out of the White House library by E. Howard Hunt in the course of gathering information about Kennedy to potentially be used against him in the 1972 presidential campaign.

Many of Olsen's most popular works investigated the life histories of violent career criminals. These include studies of serial rapists such as Arthur Shawcross (The Misbegotten Son) and George Russell, (Charmer), as well as serial killers (Hastened to the Grave: The Gypsy Murder Investigation). Discussing his life-long interest in crime journalism, Olsen described a field trip that his college criminology class took to a prison:

Olsen's journalism was recognized with the National Headliner Award, the Chicago Newspaper Guild's Page One Award, the Washington State Governor's Award, and the Scripps-Howard Award. He was described as "the dean of true crime authors" by The Washington Post. His crime studies remain on required reading lists in university criminology courses. In his obituary, The New York Times described his work as "a genuine contribution to criminology and journalism alike."

Olsen lived on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and died on July 16, 2002.

Books   more �

This author page uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jack Olsen", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0
Total Books: 82
Son A Psychopath and His Victims
2015 - Son a Psychopath and His VIctims (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781501119040
ISBN-10: 1501119044
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Law, Medical Books
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

Doc The Rape of the Town of Lovell
2015 - Doc the Rape of the Town of Lovell (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781508628606
ISBN-10: 1508628602
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 1

The Pitcher's Kid A Memoir
2011 - The Pitcher's Kid a Memoir (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781929355761
ISBN-10: 1929355769
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships
  ?

Hastened To the Grave
Last Man Standing The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
2008 - Last Man Standing the Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781435296015
ISBN-10: 143529601X
  ?

The Happy Face Killer
2008 - The Happy Face Killer (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781844545476
ISBN-10: 1844545474
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 2

Aphrodite Desperate Mission
2004 - Aphrodite Desperate Mission (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780743486705
ISBN-10: 0743486706
Genre: History
  ?

I The Creation of a Serial Killer
2003 - I the Creation of a Serial Killer (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312983840
ISBN-10: 0312983840
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 47

I  The Creation of a Serial Killer
2002 - I the Creation of a Serial Killer (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780312241988
ISBN-10: 0312241984
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 27

Silence on Monte Sole
2002 - Silence on Monte Sole (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780743434850
ISBN-10: 0743434854
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Last Man Standing  The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
The Climb Up to Hell
2000 - The Climb Up to Hell (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780312975067
ISBN-10: 0312975066
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 6

Hastened to the Grave The Gypsy Murder Investigation
1999 - Hastened to the Grave the Gypsy Murder Investigation (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780312966997
ISBN-10: 0312966997
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 14

Hastened To the Grave  Edition
Hastened To the Grave
1998 - Hastened to the Grave (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781567405866
ISBN-10: 156740586X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Salt of the Earth A Mother a Daughter a Murder
1997 - Salt of the Earth a Mother a Daughter a Murder (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780312959982
ISBN-10: 0312959982
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 39

Night of the Grizzlies
1996 - Night of the Grizzlies (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780943972480
ISBN-10: 0943972485
Genre: Science & Math
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2

Salt of the Earth One Family's Journey Through the Violent American Landscape
1996 - Salt of the Earth One Family's Journey Through the VIolent American Landscape (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780312144067
ISBN-10: 0312144067
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 9

Charmer The True Story of a Ladies' Man and His Victims
1995 - Charmer the True Story of a Ladies' Man and His VIctims (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780380716012
ISBN-10: 0380716011
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 12

Charmer A Ladies' Man and His Victims
1994 - Charmer a Ladies' Man and His VIctims (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780688109035
ISBN-10: 0688109039
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3

The Misbegotten Son
1994 - The Misbegotten Son (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780747242796
ISBN-10: 0747242798
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1