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"I've been heavily involved in the creationist movement for many years and am familiar with most of the facts cited in 'Tornado.' However, the racy style, the many excellent photos, and especially the less known details and extensive documentation will now make 'Tornado' my resource of choice in my work." -- ELLEN MYERS, CREATION RESOURCE LIBRARY, WICHITA, KANSAS

"My congratulations to Mr. Perloff for an outstanding piece of work." -- ACTOR JACK LEMMON, WHO PLAYED CLARENCE DARROW IN THE 1999 FILM VERSION OF INHERIT THE WIND

"Perloff demonstrates--in this reviewer's opinion conclusively--that scientific evidence, when examined honestly, does not support modern Darwinism, but actually contradicts it. . . . This is a very important work, written in an informal and attractive style that is a joy to read." -- THE NEW AMERICAN 9-13-99

"Tornado in a Junkyard is a unique presentation of the scientific case against Darwinism, informally written for laymen. If you are looking for a user-friendly explanation of the facts supporting creation, this book is for you." -- Dr. EMMETT L. WILLIAMS, PRESIDENT, CREATION RESEARCH SOCIETY, EDITOR, CREATION RESEARCH QUARTERLY

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James Perloff is a free-lance writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a contributing editor to The New American magazine for several years. His first book, The Shadows of Power, has sold over 90,000 copies.

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  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Refuge Books (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966816005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966816006
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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159 of 186 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
This excellent summary of creationist arguments against the theory of evolution comes from an unlikely source. Perloff's previous book was The Shadows of Power, an exposé of private influence on American foreign policy. Perloff isn't a professional creationist. He just seems to be an intelligent individual who reads technical literature and understands the reasons why modern scientists are rejecting the theory of evolution.
Chapter 1 tells us about the author's anti-Christian, liberal background. Being the same age as the author, I enjoyed his nostalgic look back at the 1960's. I suspect younger readers would not. The good stuff starts at chapter 2.
Chapter 2 deals with the fossil record. Rather than proving evolution, the fossil record presents evolutionists with problems they must explain away. Perloff gives a good overview of the basic problems.
Chapter 3 explains why genetic mutations can't create higher life forms. There are some obvious logical problems with Darwinian evolution, which are explored in chapter 4. Darwinian evolution must answer the question, "What good is half an eye?" Perloff's brief, but adequate, explanation of irreducible complexity explains why half an organ won't win any battles for survival.
Then he points out that the classification system (taxonomy) is based on the fact that there are distinct differences in species. If evolution were true, it should be hard to classify animals because there should be so many intermediate forms. It would be like trying to divide a rainbow into distinct colors. (Exactly where does Orange end and Red begin?) But animals are easily classified because there are such obvious differences between species.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By T. P. S. on November 10, 2007
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I just finished this book on a plane. I am an attorney, and largely an agnostic, though I believe there is a higher power.

This book specifically addresses virtually every aspect of Darwinism and evolution, answering many of the questions I had along the way. As I have written elsewhere, I always "believed" in evolution because it seemed, on the surface, logical. However, after reading this book, I can't stop thinking about the arguments it raises clearly and well, and just how little evidence there is for evolution from a primordal soup to man. Indeed, I had no idea the creation theory (while I don't fully buy it) is much less a leap of faith than Darwinism/Macro-evolution. This only becomes obvious when you understand fully what little evidence there is for it. Perloff convinced me that evolution is more a slap at a divine being than a rational supportable scientific theory.

I posed several of the questions to a friend of mine who teaches college biology and zoology. His answers were largely sophmoric pablum I tore apart slowly and methodically with more questions. Once you know what to ask, and have a handle on the evidence and science, it is much easier. Finally, his face went blank, his voice fell silent, and he mustered up the honesty to tell me there really is very little evidence to support macro-evolution. He also said the fully developed fossils found in the oldest layers are "troubling," and the recent developments in DNA and cellular research has--in his words--"nearly closed the door on Darwin's theory." What, I asked him, does this leave us with? He could not say, but he said more and more of his science colleagues are seriously questioning evolution. "What proof is there for evolution?" "None," was his final answer. After reading this book, I can understand why.
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49 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
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Darwin's theory of evolution and "survival of the fittest" are taught as fact in nearly all of today's schools. Any other theory of the source and principles of life on earth are shouted down, belittled and attacked with vigor. But how sound is Darwin's theory?
James Perloff uses statements from evolutionist scientists and those of prominent scientists to expose the weaknesses of evolution theory. In the end, you have to have more faith in miracles to believe in evolution than you do for "intelligent design" theory.
Some of the areas discussed:
* Darwin's own concerns of the weakness of his theory.
* Difference between variation within a species, and transformation of a species into another species.
* Lack of evidence of evolutionary development in the record of 250,000 fossils, or even in the known history of animal life.
* Order does not accidentally arise from disorder.
* Living organisms are rife with examples of irreducible complexity. That is, mechanisms such as reproduction that require many complex components to be available at the same time; there is no means by which the components could be evolved independently.
With so many weaknesses in evolution theory, and so many indications of intelligent design in nature and especially life, why is it that evolutionists are so adamant and vigorous in the defense of their own theory and in the attack of competing theories? In other areas of science multiple theories are acccepted and taught simultaneously until hard proof is developed to disprove one or the other. But when it comes to the origin of life the evolutionists are religious zealots of Darwin.
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