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Going Ape

book coverIt took about five years to research and write my first book, Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom, and after all of that time and effort the book is finally a reality! I’m happy to report that the book has been well received since its release in April 2014. For instance, Daytona Beach News-Journal columnist Mark Lane wrote: “… this is relevant history and Haught works hard to be fair and factual even when writing about the odder, more anti-modernist anti-evolution activists.” Those odd people and their passionate antics are why I wrote Going Ape and they’re why I continue to monitor their activities. I’m confident there is more to this never-ending story to come.

This site is a companion to the book. You’ll be able to view quite a bit of my source material, including school board meeting minutes, video and audio clips, and even lesson plans comparing evolution and creationism that were intended for classroom use. Keep an eye on my blog for announcements about new items added to the site.

Would you like to try it before you buy it? I welcome you to read a free excerpt from Going Ape hosted at the National Center for Science Education website.

The book is available at your book seller of choice. You can go to the University Press of Florida, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, etc. You can also go to your local book store. If they don’t have it on the shelf, you can ask them to order it for you.

Talks and such

I’m available to give presentations, serve on discussion panels, participate in interviews, etc. Contact me through email or social media. I can speak about the subject of my book, obviously, along with related subject matter more general or specific as the situation warrants.

Other work

I’ve been writing in various formats for years. I was a Marine Corps combat correspondent and a opinion page columnist for a newspaper in North Carolina. I invite you to read some of my past works, including a story about the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing and the 1993 Amtrak train wreck disaster in Alabama.


Praise for Going Ape

“A fascinating and important account of the battles over evolution in one of the nation’s largest states.”–Michael Ruse, author of The Gaia Hypothesis

“William Jennings Bryan launched the creationist crusade from his home in Florida, and the state has been a battlefield in the evolution wars ever since. In Going Ape, Haught provides the definitive blow-by-blow account of the Sunshine State’s ninety-year struggle over the teaching of evolution.”–Glenn Branch, deputy director, National Center for Science Education

“A compelling read about key issues of our time that have stirred deep passions and fervent protests for over a century.”–Edgar Canter Brown Jr., coauthor of The Supreme Court of Florida, 1917-1972