Inherit the Wind Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1982
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The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus. The chief gladiators were two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake was the freedom of every American. One of the most moving and meaningful plays of our generation. "a tidal wave of a drama." -- New York World-Telegram And Sun
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The situation concerning Darwinism and the school teacher was taken straight to the courthouse and went down in American history as the "Monkey Trial." Although The Bible vs. Darwin is perhaps a bit less taboo of a subject today than it was in the year 1925, this fictional play still rings true in the present. Why? People are afraid of change. People are scared of new ideas and new ways of life. People are frightened of experiencing new cultures. Evidence of this can be found on a day-today basis, yet INHERIT THE WIND is one of the finest examples.
The small, sleepy, Southern town watches as two men dual not with violence, but merely by the power of their words. The results of their banter and arguments are often humorous, sometimes enlightening, and make the trial one to remember throughout history, from generation to generation, from textbook to textbook.
Highly recommended to those who've developed a fascination for history or even for those interested in the lawyer fields. I read it for assigned reading in the 8th grade and I'm glad I did - we acted the entire thing out. Hopefully, you will be pleased with Lawrence's accurate peek into history as well.Read more ›
The Scopes "Monkey" Trial did not pop up in American history books until the late 1950s after the debut of "Inherit the Wind," and many early descriptions followed the play rather than actual events despite the fact that changes are numerous. Unlike Scopes, who was persuaded to be a test case, Bert Cates takes it upon himself to violate the law, becoming a pariah in the town of Hillsboro. The citizens of the town in the play have much more of a lynch mob mentality (which is played up even more in Stanley Kramer's 1960 film version), but the centerpiece for both the historical drama and the theater version is the cross-examination of one lawyer by another before the media and the world.
Whereas Darrow had a weekend to practice his examination of Bryan, Drummond is suddenly inspired to put Brady on the stand.Read more ›
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Almost all of the scientific evidence brought forward during the time of the trial has been discarded.
There was another very disturbing thing about Inherit the Wind. Read more
This play is great. I read it in 10th grade and i loved it. It inspired me to become a lawyer and defend what i believe in. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Liz
The book Inherit The Wind was a religon, filled, book. When I read this book I thoguht to myself this is funny and religious. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004
I havent read much of this book but I dont like it so fare. My teacher just said it doesnt have enough pages so screw it freshoutPublished on Oct. 9 2003 by Joshua 2nd
An explosive drama portraying the events of the famous 1925 "monkey trials", Inherit the Wind isolates the importance of examining the standards of society in order to encourage... Read morePublished on July 7 2003
Inherit the Wind was definately one of the finest plays (books, for that matter) that I have read. It's a top notch read and everyone should take a stab at it at least once. Read morePublished on July 6 2003 by Peter Zackery
Oh my gosh, what a great book!! This book was required reading for this summer, and i was expecting it to be a bore, but it wasn't. Read morePublished on May 27 2003
Inherit the Wind, a book written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, is based on the famous Scopes Trial. In this novel, Henry Drummond is the lawyer fighting for what is right. Read morePublished on May 16 2003
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