In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his icoclastic life story. He takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right, including his decision to run for goverr of South Carolina to challenge the state's constitutional provision that prohibited atheists from holding public office. Candidate Without a Prayer offers an intimate portrait of a central player in today's increasingly heated culture wars.
Herb Silverman is founder and president emeritus of the Secular Coalition for America, and distinguished professor emeritus of mathematics at the College of Charleston. He ran for governor of South Carolina in the 1990s. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Richard Dawkins is an ethologist, an evolutionary biologist, and a writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was formerly University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The God Delusion, and The Selfish Gene.