"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
It was very interesting. It was about how America has dealt with its poor people through history. It gave some interesting points on how we have helped people in poverty better in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by janice andert
It's no secret that we have a broken welfare system. This book provides historical perspective and provides a good starting point for reform.Published 5 months ago by Craig N. Hartman
Our Sunday School class is using this book as groundwork for understanding the role of those who would help the less fortunate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melissa Egan
I loved this book; it describes the history of the compassion (giving alms and benefits) in the United States up until the 1990s. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kd
I bought this book to share with someone else. I hope he enjoyed it or passed it on to someone.Published 8 months ago by Linda Brewington
Marvin Olasky's "The Tragedy of American Compassion" is a truly seminal work in the broader movement to create a compassionate response by the church in particular and the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Doug Erlandson
Well documented, shows how religious and charitable institutions tackled the poor and homeless problem in the cities, the lessons they learned and the biggest lesson of all: Keep... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Don C Soegaard