Quick Reads: Dan Fagin's "Toms River"
By Dan Fagin
As a native of southern New Jersey, I vaguely remember the news stories about mysterious cancers plaguing the children of Toms River, but until now I never had a clear understanding of what happened there. In an account equal parts sociology, epidemiology, and detective novel, veteran environmental journalist Dan Fagin chronicles the ordeal of this quiet coastal town, which for decades was a dumping ground for chemical manufacturers. Fagin's compelling book raises broader questions about what communities are willing to sacrifice in the name of economic development.