Summer for the Gods

by Edward J. Larson
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998. 336 pages.

Edward J. Larson's Pulitzer–Prize-winning account of the events in Dayton, Tennessee, in the 1920s and their continuing impact on American life provides a historical perspective on the persistent conflict between creationism and science. Summer for the Gods is endorsed by such diverse readers as Phillip Johnson, Will Provine, and Ronald L. Numbers, who says that it "is, quite simply, the best book ever written on the Scopes trial and its place in American history and myth." Larson teaches law and history at the University of Georgia; his latest book is Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Idea (New York: Modern Library, 2004).