"One of the 50 most influential policy books of all time."
"A richly documented, controversial history of the welfare state."
"Significant changes in government social welfare policy have unfolded since The Tragedy of American Compassion emerged in 1992-just think about the paradigm-shifting federal welfare reform of 1996. Both the book's critics and its promoters would argue that Olasky's ideas mattered and gave shape, to some degree, to some of those changes."
—Amy L. Sherman, Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research; author, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
"Those who read and understand Olasky's work will be better prepared to move creatively in affirming the dignity of the poor, and in affirming work as a virtue."
—John M. Perkins, President, John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development
"For domestic policy understanding, no better book recommends itself than Marvin Olasky's splendid The Tragedy of American Compassion."
—Orange County RegisterOrange County Register
"One of 'eight books that changed America.'"
—Colorado Gazette-TelegraphColorado Gazette-Telegraph
—Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal
"There is no disagreement between liberals and conservatives about whether to help the lot of the poor, but there is grave disagreement about how to help them, especially because the wrong kind of 'help' is more likely to harm. In The Tragedy of American Compassion, Marvin Olasky shows that although government can assist the merciful efforts of persons, organizations, and communities of faith, it cannot take their place."
—J. Budziszewski, Professor of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin; Author of What We Can't Not Know: A Guide
"A comprehensive, well documented, and much needed study of the decline of true compassion that provides fresh analysis and provocative insight into the causes and cures of this American tragedy. Must reading for people who want to understand and help correct the plight of hurting people."
—Anthony T. Evans, Founder, The Urban Alternative
I should have read this years ago.
This is the history of private charity and early efforts at local government charity, starting in colonial times and running up to our... Read more
The book is excellent. I had not read Marvin Olasky before and it has introduced me to another fine journalist.Published 1 month ago by Evelyn H. Greenwood
This book shows the perspective of history. It explains how welfare has changed and the effect of government control an regulation.Published 1 month ago by Norman Mayfield
An eye-opener for those that believe throwing money at a problem will fix it. This is not a "politically correct" book but, there are plenty of facts and history to back... Read morePublished 3 months ago by FuzzyBlackLips
Excellent review of the history of charitable giving in the US. Very useful in developing discernment in how to best be charitable and giving. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David B Feldman