Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

Winner of the National Academies Science Book Award

Winner of the SEJ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award 


“A new classic of science reporting” — The New York Times


The story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Watch and listen to Dan’s talks and media appearances, and see a schedule of upcoming events.


April 1, 2015: Brian Lehrer Show

On the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, Dan takes calls and talks about what really happened in Toms River in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and what we can learn from it today.

March 15, 2015: Book TV

Fielding viewer questions on C-SPAN Book TV from the Tucson Festival of Books, Dan talks about the connections between Toms River and current environmental issues, including nuclear power, fair trade and the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

January 27, 2015: Charleston Gazette

Coverage of Dan’s talk in Charleston, West Virginia.

January/February 2015: Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

An interview with Dan in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine about Toms River, teaching and the new landscape of journalism.

Dec. 1, 2014: BookTV

Dan talks with C-SPAN’s BookTV about epidemiology, the Pulitzer Prize and the lessons of Toms River.