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

Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"An imaginative but sometimes scattered genre-hopping novel."
Debut author Amazon presents a sci-fi tale wrapped in fantasy and mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Children Who Time Lost by Marvin Amazon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2013

"An often involving but ultimately uneven sci-fi tale."
A sci-fi novel about the pressures of motherhood that transforms into an action thriller about an alien invasion. Read full book review >

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The Transformation of Adam Higgins by Marvin Amazon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 31, 2013

"Piques curiosity for the next installment, but too much detail stalls the action."
The wrath of deep-space gods imperils human existence in this fantasy sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASTIQUE by Marvin Kaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 1992

"A fine performance by Kaye—the most ambitious and possibly the best of his dozen solo novels."
Kaye's previous credits cover a range from sf (Wintermind, 1982, with Parke Godwin) and mystery (The Soap Opera Slaughters, 1982) to sheer whimsy; his latest is probably best described as a thriller with parapsychological underpinnings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BY TROLLEY PAST THIMBLEDON BRIDGE by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"Bileck and Bryan capture the stuff of dreams in this mesmerizing and multifaceted pageant. (contributors' notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
With echoes of Lear and Stevenson, this journey into the land of dreams pairs a detailed Old World setting with a pulsing four-beat rhythm to pull readers into its magical realm. Read full book review >