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

By Edward J. Larson
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10.82 Hours 10/03/2017 unabridged
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning book that is quite simply the best book ever written on the Scopes Trial and its place in American history and myth. In the summer of 1925, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, Tennessee, became the setting for one of the twentieth century’s most contentious dramas: the Scopes trial that pitted William Jennings Bryan and the anti-Darwinists against a teacher named John Scopes 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 Kansas; Dover, Pennsylvania; Cobb County, Georgia; and many other cities and states throughout the country. Edward Larson’s classic, Summer for the Gods, received the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1998 and is the single most authoritative account of a pivotal event whose combatants remain at odds in school districts and courtrooms. For this edition, Larson has added a new preface that assesses the state of the battle between creationism and evolution and points the way to how it might potentially be resolved.

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning book that is quite simply the best book ever written on the Scopes Trial and its place in American history and myth.

In the summer of 1925, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, Tennessee, became the setting for one of the twentieth century’s most contentious dramas: the Scopes trial that pitted William Jennings Bryan and the anti-Darwinists against a teacher named John Scopes 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 Kansas; Dover, Pennsylvania; Cobb County, Georgia; and many other cities and states throughout the country.

Edward Larson’s classic, Summer for the Gods, received the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1998 and is the single most authoritative account of a pivotal event whose combatants remain at odds in school districts and courtrooms. For this edition, Larson has added a new preface that assesses the state of the battle between creationism and evolution and points the way to how it might potentially be resolved.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Intriguing…Larson, who teaches history and law at the University of Georgia, has ably put the trial and its antecedents and aftermath in appropriate context.” Publishers Weekly
“Careful and evenhanded analysis dispels the mythologies and caricatures in film and stage versions of the trial.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Edward J. Larson

Edward J. Larson is a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, a legal scholar, and a New York Times bestselling author. His book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in HIstory. He is a university professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Runtime: 10.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English