Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America’s Classrooms

by Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 304 pages.

“Natural scientists … often react with disbelief and dismay when they read polls about how many Americans do not believe in human evolution and resist its teaching in public schools. They’re not sure what (if anything) can be done about it in our exceptionally religious-minded society,” writes reviewer George F. Bishop. “But it may take highly capable political scientists, such as Berkman and Plutzer, to pave the way to effective reform by telling us what goes on behind those classroom doors, and why. Required reading, I’d say, for everyone who truly wants to make a difference in the ‘Battle for America’s Classrooms.’”