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Larson Makes The Wall Street Journal's Top Five List

Ed Larson

Edward J. Larson, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law, was recently cited in The Wall Street Journal, on Alan Dershowitz's list of Top Five Books about Legal Cases.

Larson's 1997 novel Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion, for which he received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History, was listed second in the Top Five books.

Dershowitz, of Harvard Law, reviews Summer for the Gods. "This book about the Scopes trial is an excellent counterweight to the distortion-made famous by the play and movie 'Inherit the Wind'-that the case was a simple clash between good and evil," he writes. "The reality was more complex. Yes, schoolteacher John Scopes was prosecuted in the 1920s by the state of Tennessee for teaching evolution, but the textbook he used was filled with racist pseudo-science."

Also listed in the Top Five is The Leo Frank Case by Leonard Dinnerstein, The Rosenberg File by Ronald Radosh and Joyce Milton, History on Trial
by Deborah E. Lipstadt, and Until Proven Innocent by Stuart Taylor Jr. and KC Johnson.

As an author of seven books and more than sixty published articles, Larson writes mostly about issues of science, medicine, and law from an historical perspective. His most recent book is A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800.