Search Results: "Marvin Olasky"


BOOK REVIEW

RENEWING AMERICAN COMPASSION by Marvin Olasky
NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVIN REDPOST by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Vintage Sachar—ingenious, funny, gross—and with a believable resolution. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Another problem suffered and solved by Sachar's hapless third-grader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEE MARVIN by Dwayne Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A well-paced, thoughtful examination of a singular corpus of work that influenced film portrayals of violence in subsequent decades."
A generous biography of Oscar-winning actor Lee Marvin (1924-1987), best known for his roles in The Dirty Dozen and Point Blank. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVIN AND THE MOTHS by Matthew Holm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"While not particularly substantive, this is the whole hog for silliness. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
A down-on-his-luck middle schooler discovers his town has some new arthropod inhabitants. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVIN REDPOST by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"The story hums along with its own cheerful energy, much like Marvin himself. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Third grader Marvin Redpost returns (Why Pick on Me?, 1993, etc.) in the fifth book in this Stepping Stone series. Read full book review >

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THE MINIATURE WORLD OF MARVIN & JAMES by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"This winsome series debut is both a sweet story of cross-species friendship and a sobering new way to look at pencil sharpeners. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
The boy-and-beetle friendship first introduced in Broach's charming novel Masterpiece (2010) is now the cornerstone of an illustrated chapter-book series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVIN MAKES MUSIC by Marvin Hamlisch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"His A Chorus Line was 'One singular sensation.' This is not. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An episode from the childhood of the late mega-award-winning composer of Broadway and film. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME AND MARVIN GARDENS by Amy Sarig King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A finely wrought, magical coming-of-age tale with a convincing message. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
King, who writes as A.S. King for teens, offers a mystical, fablelike tale for a younger audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVIN AND MOLLY by Joseph Theobald
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2012

"At first glance, just a mildly comical set of ovine antics—but with (speaking of 'silly games') a not-so-amusing subtext. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Sheep play sexual politics on the lea in this deceptively bucolic outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARVIN WANTED MORE! by Joseph Theobald
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"So call this a promising debut, with an underdeveloped storyline. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Like puffy clouds with smiling faces and sticklike legs, sheep gambol merrily upon sunlit green hills—all but Marvin, that is, who resents being slightly smaller and less athletic than average. Read full book review >