Monkey Girl

by Edward Humes
New York: Harper Perennial, 2008. 380 pages.

"With its title taken from a taunt aimed at a Dover student interested in learning about evolution," wrote NCSE deputy director Glenn Branch in BioScience, "Monkey Girl ... abounds in detail, critically assessed and cogently assembled. Particularly impressive are the thorough account of the events in Dover that precipitated the case and the detailed report of the preparations and maneuvers undertaken by the competing legal teams before the trial. When Humes arrives at the trial — not until the 13th chapter of his book — he continues to provide a fluent and accurate narrative, offering insightful comments on the effectiveness of the witnesses and attorneys."