Toms River A Story of Science and Salvation

ISBN-10: 055380653X
ISBN-13: 9780553806533
Edition: 2013
Authors: Dan Fagin
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/19/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

The riveting true story of sixty years in the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution,Toms Rivermelds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative that leaves us asking: Could it happen in my town, too?One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river.In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn’t want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change.A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest,Toms Riveris a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed.

Prologue: Marking Time
The Ice Cream Factory
Pirates
Insensible Things
First Fingerprints
Secrets
Sharkey and Columbo at the Rustic Acres
Cells
On Cardinal Drive
Breach
Water and Salt
Hippies in the Kitchen
The Coloring Contest
Cases
Acceptable Risks
Friends and Neighbors
Counting
Two Wards, Two Hits
Cluster Busting
Moving On
Invisible Trauma
A Cork in the Ocean
Expectations
Causes
Outsiders
Surrogacy
Blood Work
Associations
Legacies
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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