I admit that I learned a lot from this book. Excellent!!! The pace was such that it didn't get bogged down because of the subject matter. No wonder this book won the Pulitzer Prize for History. I admit that I was interested because I was trained to be a science teacher. I was substitute teaching and evolution did come up. Then one of the kids brought up the matter of religion, waiting to see if there would be an argument. I handled that quite well and the lesson went on with no problems. This book did not solely discuss the Scopes trial, but covered other matters, such as the rise of fundamentalism and what happened after the Scopes trial and the US Supreme Court decision about teaching evolution. The whole thing fascinated me. I would recommend this book if you wanted to learn what really happened during the trial. In the introduction of the book. Clarence Darrow talked of bigotry. Bigotry seeks to make opinions and beliefs mandatory. Sound like what is happening today with creationism???