A Review of Toms River

As Yvonne says non-fiction is a tough sell. Toms River reads like a thriller; unfortunately for the citizen of Toms River, NJ it is nonfiction. The riveting story of the unbelievable irresponsibility of the Toms River Chemical Company, and its Swiss owners, and the incredulous lack of response by the various government forces that be. And the eventual effectiveness of the citizens, trying to protect their children and themselves, who fought for decades to have the pollution of water and air stopped and cleaned up. Some of the clean up will not be complete until 2025 from pollution that took place from 1950 to the late eighties. Toms River, NJ and Woburn, MA are the only documented cases of a true Cancer Cluster. Woburn's pollution from leather tanneries was described in the book and movie called A Civil Action. Dan Fagin has received a Pulitzer Prize for this book and justifiably so; anyone concerned about the future of our planet and our grandchildren owes it to themselves to read this book.