Bartlett Publishing has put together several lists of books available from many various publishers which are essential reading for anyone interested in the topic. Check them out today!
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While the whole book is pretty long, if anyone wants a short introduction to the history of Creationism, I would suggest reading the last chapter of Ronald Numbers' The Creationists. I'm actually reading an older edition, so if it has changed the chapter is called "Creation Science Floods the World". Anyway, it was a very good, short, history of the worldwide movement.