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Brenda Wineapple

Brenda Wineapple is the acclaimed author of such books as Keeping the Faith and The Impeachers, among many others. Synthesizing history and literature, she often writes about overlooked events to speak to contemporary cultural issues from a historical perspective.

Brenda Wineapple brings the past to life with her compelling rendition of the extravaganza that was the Scopes Trial and with her vivid portraits of Darrow and Bryan, its jousting antagonists. But her book speaks chillingly to the present as well as she recounts a battle about science, religion, truth, and freedom of thought that seems much closer than a century ago.

- Drew Gilpin Faust, New York Times bestselling author of Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury

Keeping the Faith is a brilliant account of the Scopes trial, as fair minded as it is well-written, as compelling as it is richly detailed—and as relevant to today’s America as it is faithful to the America of a century ago. [The] vivid, nuanced portraits of its two great protagonists, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, are unforgettable.

- Geoffrey C. Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt

Much of what we think we know about the famous ‘Scopes trial,’ we don't. Our misconceptions need correction; and there is no better corrector than Brenda Wineapple.

- Garry Wills, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lincoln at Gettysburg and What the Qur’an Meant

Brenda Wineapple makes the most of a magnificent cast—Clarence Darrow, William Jennings Bryan, H.L. Mencken—to bring to life a drama that captivated the nation a century ago. ‘Democracy was on trial,’ she writes—then as now. A master of historical narrative, Wineapple has given us a bracing and illuminating tale for our own troubled times.

- Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Road to Surrender

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