What should we teach our children about where we come from?
Is evolution a lie or good science?
Is it incompatible with faith?
Have scientists really detected evidence of a creator in nature?
From bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author 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, when the town's school board decision to confront the controversy head-on thrust its students, then the entire community, onto the front lines of America's culture wars. Told from the perspectives of all sides of the battle, it is a riveting true story about an epic court case on the teaching of "intelligent design," and what happens when science and religion collide.
Edward Humes is the author of ten critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including Eco Barons, Monkey Girl, Over Here, School of Dreams, Baby E.R., Mean Justice, No Matter How Loud I Shout, and the bestseller Mississippi Mud. He has received the Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and numerous awards for his books. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and Sierra. He lives in California.
“An absorbing, character-driven story of the Dover case.”
“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.”
“A valuable primer . . . An illuminating blend of science, religion and politics.”
“[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.”
“Rich back stories of characters from both sides of the courtroom make self-evident the fundamental culture war brewing.”
“A fascinatingly detailed record of the creationist war on science.”
“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.”
“Compelling page-turning narrative . . . A must read for anyone who cares about science, education, and liberty.”
“Monkey Girl is compelling and unsettling.
“A real page-turner and an eye-opener for those who think they understand the American psyche.”
-Lee M. Silver