Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and dean of World Journalism Institute. He joined WORLD in 1992 and has also been a university professor and provost. He has written more than 20 books, including Reforming Journalism. Marvin resides with his wife, Susan, in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Tearing down, building up

Books | On the political treadmill
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/10/20, 01:23 pm

John Bolton has served in each of the last Republican administrations, so his The Room Where It Happened (Simon & Schuster, 2020) provides valuable insights, even though he did bite the hand that fed him.

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Visions of hope amid pandemic

Hope Awards | The coronavirus challenged compassion-providing ministries in new ways
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/10/20, 01:14 pm

This is year 15 of WORLD’s Hope Awards for Effective Compassion, and the strangest. The 100-plus ministries our readers nominated had to adjust their programs in the face of COVID-19. We had to adjust our process of choosing winners. 

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The path to civil war

History | Blessed are the peacemakers
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/10/20, 10:56 am

In this column over the past three decades I’ve mentioned five times a novel of warning, José Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God. Sadly, it’s out of print: Since my last recommendation I’ve learned the least expensive used copy you can buy costs $64, which is steep even for 997 pages. So, as a public service, here are key quotations from the book set in 1931-1936 Spain, as that country polarized its way to a civil war.

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