Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (Paperback)

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the Scopes Trial and the battle over evolution and creation in America's schools

In the summer of 1925, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, Tennessee, became the setting for one of the twentieth century's most contentious courtroom dramas, pitting William Jennings Bryan and the anti-Darwinists against a teacher named John Scopes, represented by Clarence Darrow and the ACLU, in a famous debate over science, religion, and their place in public education. That trial marked the start of a battle that continues to this day-in cities and states throughout the country.

Edward Larson's classic Summer for the Gods -- winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History -- is the single most authoritative account of this pivotal event. An afterword assesses the state of the battle between creationism and evolution, and points the way to how it might potentially be resolved.

About the Author

Edward J. Larson is the author of twelve books, including The Return of George Washington and The Magnificent Catastrophe, and the recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History. He is the University Professor of History and holds the Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University.

Praise For…

"A riveting book."—Frank Rich, The New York Times

"Larson...incisively examines the myths surrounding the Scopes trial...The originality of his book arises in large part from its thoughtful, evenhanded treatment of both sides in the confrontation -- and the seriousness with which he takes the opposing convictions about religion, science, and their relationship to the law that clashed in Dayton."—Daniel Kevles, New York Review of Books

"Scholarly, informative...fair and meticulous...In some ways, America seems to be only just learning the truth of the Scopes trial and the implications of the debate over evolution. [Larson's] book is a crucial piece of the educational process."—First Things

"A stunning and well-documented narrative that places the trial in an historical, legal, religious, and scientific context, and then continues beyond to assess its impact on the tension between science and religion that persists right up to the present."—Quarterly Review of Biology

" becoming one of the leading historians of his generation."—Gregg Easterbrook, Washington Monthly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780465075102
ISBN-10: 046507510X
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2006
Pages: 352
Language: English



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