Books by Marvin Olasky

Released: July 1, 2000

"A thoughtful, if controversial, analysis that should be considered by everyone concerned with the plight of the poor."
A founder of the "compassionate conservatism" movement, Olasky (God, Sex, and Statesmanship, 1999) lays out a program to attack poverty without compromising conservative principles. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"This book strains credulity by suggesting that the answer is yes. (12 illustrations, not seen) (For another look at presidential ethics, see Richard Shenkman, Presidential Ambition, p. 1784)"
A work of interpretive opinion, not of fresh historical understanding. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 1996

"A useful but not profound contribution to the current debate."
Only the deserving poor should be helped, argues Olasky (Journalism/Univ. of Texas), as he makes the case for a return to 19th-century welfare strategies and ``traditional American values.'' When President Franklin Pierce in 1854 vetoed mental health legislation inspired by Dorothea Dix's impassioned pleas, he argued that even worthwhile appropriations would push the federal government down a slippery slope and that ``the foundations of charity will be dried up at home.'' For Olasky this event exemplifies the contrast between the true American values of neighborly charity noted by de Tocqueville and the very different movement toward federal welfare that triumphed in Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Read full book review >