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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.

MORE CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR TOMS RIVER: A STORY OF SCIENCE AND SALVATION

Read an excerpt on Longreads.

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

Read two New York Times columns by Dan about the lessons of Toms River: “Switzerland’s Toxic Prosperity” and  “A Cancer Cycle, From Here to China“.

NEWS AND RECENT ARTICLES

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.

Oct. 30, 2014: Island Press

Island Press has announced it will publish the paperback edition of Toms River, including a new afterword from the author. The publication date is April 7, 2015.

Sept. 9. 2014: National Academy of Sciences

Toms River was recognized by the National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine “for its masterful portrayal of the scientific process at work in a town facing environmental crisis”.

August 1, 2014

The judges called Toms River a “masterpiece” that “embodies Carson’s legacy of deeply insightful, science-based literary prose.” The award is administered by the Society of Environmental Journalists.