Monkey Girl

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Monkey Girl

Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul

By Edward Humes

Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780060885489, 380pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 2007


What should we teach our children about where we come from?

Is evolution good science? Is it a lie? Is it incompatible with faith?

Did Charles Darwin really say man came from monkeys? Have scientists really detected "intelligent design" evidence of a creator in nature?

What happens when a town school board decides to confront such questions head-on, thrusting its students, then an entire community, onto the front lines of America's culture wars?

From bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Edward Humes comes a dramatic story of faith, science, and courage unlike any since the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. Monkey Girl takes you behind the scenes of the recent war on evolution in Dover, Pennsylvania, the epic court case on teaching "intelligent design" it spawned, and the national struggle over what Americans believe about human origins.

Told from the perspectives of all sides of the battle, Monkey Girl is about what happens when science and religion collide.

Praise For Monkey Girl

“An absorbing, character-driven story of the Dover case.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Humes especially shines in his careful explication of the history of this larger fight.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review [cover review]

“Making a complicated issue accessible . . . His fast-moving, richly detailed book reads like a suspense novel.”
-Chicago Tribune

“A valuable primer . . . An illuminating blend of science, religion and politics.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“[E]xcellent science writing, with crisp explanations of complicated evolutionary mechanisms, and fascinating material on Darwin.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune

“His writing is vivid, memorable, and engaging, and a welcome breath of common sense.”
-Seattle Times

“Rich back stories of characters from both sides of the courtroom make self-evident the fundamental culture war brewing.”
-Seed Magazine

“A fascinatingly detailed record of the creationist war on science.”
-Skeptic Magazine

“In painstaking detail, Humes breaks down the politics and the science . . . inexhaustible reporting married to talent.”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“An unusually deft analysis . . . based upon extensive behind-the-scenes interviews . . . highly recommended.”
-Eugenie Scott

“Compelling page-turning narrative . . . A must read for anyone who cares about science, education, and liberty.”
-Michael Shermer

“Monkey Girl is compelling and unsettling.
-Patt Morrison

“A real page-turner and an eye-opener for those who think they understand the American psyche.”
-Lee M. Silver