Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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25 Good History Reads

Books | After summer fiction comes fall friction: Many textbooks are boring, so hurrah for authors who have not forgotten the story in history
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/27/18, 03:28 pm

Our surveys show WORLD members are great readers, so we’ve now regularized our review process: Three pages of reviews every issue, and four times a year additional articles on children’s books (late winter), fiction (early summer), history (early fall), and Books of the Year (late fall).

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Not recommended

Books | Three history books critiqued
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/27/18, 12:41 pm

Since my feature in this issue is on history books worth reading, I’ll use this space to note three that aren’t. Let’s start with Niall Ferguson’s The Square and the Tower (Penguin, 2017): Parts are fun to read, but I don’t trust its 560 gossipy pages that take us from the Freemasons to Facebook, touching on Chinese revolts, European plagues, the economic and educational consequences of the Reformation, the interactions of the European royal house of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and the financial House of Rothschild, and much more.

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Currier & Ives/Bettmann

Prohibition days

Policy | Part 2 of 3: What worked, what did not
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/27/18, 10:43 am

My last column, which explained how alcohol prohibition made it into the Constitution 100 years ago, included this sentence: “Beer’s connection to German brewers—the United Brewery Workers’ constitution required that it’s president speak German—hurt it’s wartime standing.”

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