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    Si Reviews: Summer for the Gods

    January 11, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    Si has been putting the finishing touches on his footnotes for The Book {which, by the way, should be coming out in the spring sometime if all goes as planned}. This in turn led to more research. I suppose a book is never really finished. It’s just that at some point the author has to decide to be done.

    What I think is the final book for the final bit of research is Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion by Edward Larson, Professor of History and Law over at the University of Georgia, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History.

    Here is Si’s review:


    Summer for the Gods
    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Si says: Larson skillfully presents the multitude of issues–religious, political, legal and cultural–surrounding the famed Scopes Monkey Trial while debunking the church vs. science myths that spun off in the trial’s aftermath. While the case did impact fundamentalists’ emerging isolation from modern society, it was not a decisive victory for evolutionists, as Inherit the Wind implies. This was a balanced historical analysis that anyone interested in “the trial of the century” should read.

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