This book is a great size at 204 pages. Phillip Johnson uses the 1925 Scopes trial as a backdrop for the book. As I read it I was really surprised to see how this trial (that I had never heard of) had played out on the American legal system and in the public psyche. The author asks some very hard questions of Darwinian Evolution and no matter where I look I cannot find any convincing answers. The critics of this book rant and rave about how amazingly deceptive and incorrect this book is, yet their counter arguments and evidence are not very convincing.
Point-by-point this book built an excellent case. Never before had I been exposed to these cogent and detailed arguments. Even better, the book hits the right balance of length and ease of understanding. It isn't overly technical but it gets the points across clearly. While other authors may offer deeper and more scientifically specific arguments, they can be difficult to wrap your head around. This book has a lay audience in mind and I believe it delivers.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who in convinced that Darwinian Evolution is the only legitimate way to conceive of biology. It is my belief that Phillip Johnson along with excellent authors such as Stephen C. Meyer, Michael Behe, William A. Dembski, and David Berlinski have made an excellent case for the failure of the Darwinian Evolutionary Theory and the possibility that Intelligent Design may be a reasonable framework for understanding life.