The Pulitzer Prize?winning Edward Humes (Mississippi Mud, School of Dreams, Over Here) knows how to successfully tackle society's big issues and present them to the general reader. Monkey Girl is no exception. Humes writes clearly, makes complex scientific ideas accessible, and uses a novelistic approach to heighten the legal conflict and courtroom drama. Critics diverged only on a few points. While most thought Humes's account evenhanded (for example, his sympathetic portrait of the defense's star witness, Michael Behe), the Wall Street Journal called Humes "disappointingly self-righteous" in his criticism of intelligent design. And while most applauded his exhaustive reporting, a few cited a simplified narrative. Monkey Girl still stands as the best book for staying current on the arguments for and against the teaching of evolution in our public schools.
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Some see the 2005 case of Kitzmiller v.Dover, concerning a small-town school board's adding an "intelligent design" (i.e., anti-Darwinian) text to the ninth-grade science curriculum, as the second Scopes trial. But whereas evolution lost in 1925, it won in 2005. Also, Kitzmiller was a federal andScopes a state case. Yet as Humes sees it, Kitzmiller won't end the battle over evolution any more than Scopes did. That fracas, he opines, doesn't die; it evolves. Hence, religion was central in the earlier, science in the later, trial. While thoroughly presenting the personalities and events ofKitzmiller, Humes fills in so much of the story of evolutionary theory and literalist biblical reaction to it--especially the intelligent design, originally "creationist," then "creation science," movement--that the book is an engrossing community drama and a character-centered, topical history-of-science primer. Humes' clear reportorial style and sympathy for all the principals in Kitzmiller (except, perhaps, for the school board's hired-gun lead attorney) ensure the high interest of both aspects of the book. Ray Olson
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An in-depth account of the Kitzmiller v Dover hearing with an examination of the issues. Humes is a terrific writer.Published 27 days ago by Jim Patchett
Edward Humes’ account of the Dover, Pennsylvania, trial regarding the acceptance of Intelligent Design (ID) in the local science classrooms is a very engaging read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carey Cossaboom
I read this book in 3 sittings; would have been one except for a few social obligations. I can't say it better than the other 5 star reviews; this book is excellent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
My best read of the year. This is an important book for people who care about science education in our public schools.Published 9 months ago by todd7658
Very well written, very comprehensive. It starts with the machinations of the Dover school board, gives a good summary of evolutionary thought, and progresses to the trial itself. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Willy
As a latecomer here to the comments section, I am impressed by what I read. It would seem that all important aspects of the book have been covered. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sam Hill
This book is at its best when it focuses on the events in Dover. Someone who is unfamiliar with the Creation/Evolution battle would probably find all of it very interesting-- it is... Read morePublished 15 months ago by DRob
This book is a detailed account of the court case Kitzmiller v. Dover, which as most of you know, was a legal battle that pitted adherents of Intelligent Design against... Read morePublished 17 months ago by james soltis