Dan Fagin: Toms River – A Story of Science and Salvation

by Rachel Baker on May 13, 2014

I have been trying to expand my reading to include non-fiction, and when I requested this book for review, it was purely because at one point in my life, I thought I was going to be living some place around Tom’s River.

I was appalled by what I read in this book. This is the story of three generations of toxic dumping and corporate greed. For the most part, the book starts with a history of dyes and the chemicals used to create them. While setting the historical landscape, the author begins describing the toxic dumping into the rivers in Europe. From the very beginning, this reader began to rethink all I know about the place I live with its nuclear power plant and boat building industry. It was that appalling.

At times, this non-fiction book was so well-written I got lost in the story as if I was reading a corporate thriller. This should truly be required reading in every chemical, engineering and biotech coursework.

Some parts of the book were a bit dry and hard to understand, but for the most part, you don’t have to be a chemist to understand what was going on and to get the full impact of the crimes committed. I wouldn’t say its an easy read, but its well worth the time – I read it from a pure interest perspective – if I’d read it from a technical perspective it may have been easier and sadly, more appalling.

Order your copy of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.

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