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.

Twenty authors for 2020 vision

Race Issues | Reading recommendations after the death of George Floyd and days of protests
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/04/20, 12:10 pm

This week, in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the demonstrations that followed, I’ve received letters asking for reading recommendations. Here are my top 10 picks of books to improve our understanding of racial relations, followed by my top 10 African-American history books. 

  • Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: 1952 novel deservedly on many “best 20th century American novels” lists.

  • Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery: A classic autobiography showing perseverance under pressure. 

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Pastors vs. poachers

Protest | As riots explode across the U.S., we can mourn and pray
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/31/20, 12:59 pm

''Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not … stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire.”

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On the Russian road

Books | Books explore the large country’s past and present
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/21/20, 05:04 pm

A reader of our May 9 feature about books on China asked for a similar reading list about Russia. Keeping this to one page, here are six good books from the past seven years:

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