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Toms River ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Toms River By Dan Fagin ✸ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk For the readers of A Civil Action The Emperor of all Maladies and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Toms River melds hard hitting investigative reporting a ripping scientific detective story deep For the readers of A Civil Action The Emperor of all Maladies and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Toms River melds hard hitting investigative reporting a ripping scientific detective story deep historical research and an unforgettable cast of characters into a riveting narrative that will leave readers asking could it happen in my town tooOn a cool September day in an independent trucker with a history of legal scrapes flung open the double doors of his eighteen wheeler and began tossing leaky drums of industrial waste onto the sandy soil of a rundown chicken farm in Toms River New Jersey Eight years later a schoolteacher who lived four miles away gave birth to a boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast growing tumors that soon riddled his face and chest The doctors predicted he would not reach his first birthday They were wrong but that was only one of many surprises that would eventually come to light in Toms River culminating in with a record legal settlement believed to top million and an unprecedented government study confirming the existence of a long suspected cluster of childhood cancer linked to polluted water and air A detective story rooted in a scientific uest thousands of years old Toms River is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight of corporate avarice and government neglect and of a few brave individuals who would not keep silent.


10 thoughts on “Toms River

  1. Eileen Eileen says:

    I have lived in Toms River twice – first while in high school from 1984 1989 and it is my current residence since 2000 When my family originally moved to New Jersey in 1984 we lived not too far from where the first break in the Ciba Giegy pipeline occurred The story Fagin tells is the background story of my high school and college years Many of the players he mentioned are real people to me Bill McVeigh was my history teacher in high school and the ex navy seal who owned a dive shop in town whose advice was sought after by the Greenpeace disrupters was the father of one of my brother's closest high school buddies While doing some student teaching in a Toms River elementary school located in the core zone there was a young girl in that class 6th grade class with leukemia – we knew people in town who had young kids with cancer The book doesn't say but Bill McVeigh the Toms River High School East history teacher who lived on Cardinal Drive which backed up to Ciba Giegy’s property also died prematurely from cancer a few years ago at far too young an age As a resident of this town Fagin’s book rings resoundingly and disturbingly true to me and my memory of the events as they unfolded Small town politics mixed with corporate greed and people who knew if they lost that job at Ciba that there wasn't much else in town with a comparable earning potential made for a perfect storm – just the right combination for good people to look the other way or stop asking hard uestions Ciba was the big bad wolf but disturbing to me actually was the Riech Farm site which I don't recall getting the same press and which caused far pollution and contamination for a considerably longer period of time with absolutely no regulation That Furnicola never paid a dime of the 40day he told the Reich’s he’d pay them to allow him to store the waste drums on their property is par for the sad and disturbing course of the story Definitely not the kind of thing one wants the hometown to be famous for That research is so cumbersome and so expensive to conduct on cluster cancers and I suspect a potential link to an area Austism cluster as well is beyond frustrating to me as a community member The truth is out there and it’s always complex Always Too expensive or too cumbersome is a bs excuse to keep turning a blind eye and not looking at the NUMEROUS locations where similar events have occurred because it’s just too hard and too expensive to prove and the corporations have way deeper pockets to obfuscate than the general public doesI would recommend this to anyone who lives in Toms River or in an area where you suspect disease due to industrial waste teratogens Fagin’s research is excellent and his attention to detail was well appreciated by me He discusses complex medical and statistical issues but does so in a way that makes them understandable and relatable The story of how the offending chemicals were discussed how their production evolved and why they were so in demand along with the historical exploration of how we’ve come to our current understanding of how cancer occurs were also very well done


  2. Meredith Meredith says:

    When I received this book I was not in the mood to read about chemical companies' complete disregard for anything but profits or pollution or cancer However it immediately drew me in and I read 134 pages in the first sitting I've also been compelled to tell everyone I'm in contact with about itFagin's writing and structuring is particularly effective in keeping the book lively and interesting and preventing it from becoming overwhelming He shifts between the specific history of Toms River of the plant its employees and the citizens and the history of industrial waste disposal environmental safeguards and the history of epidemiology cancer cancer treatments and research The background feeds directly into the issues in Toms River and each section seemed necessaryWhile I find science interesting it's certainly not specialist subject but I didn't feel overwhelmed by the information presented Fagin writes very clearly and seems to keep the general audience in mind For instance if an acronym hasn't been used for a while he reminds you what it stands for a move I greatly appreciate There is a real balance in this book both in the information reported epidemiology is rarely completely obvious and solid and between telling the scientific story and the human storyI highly recommend this book and really can't find anything to criticize It will be released in mid March and I predict a swift rise to the best sellers lists


  3. Dianne Dianne says:

    I wrote my review reflecting my intense response to this book I managed to lose it condensed versionDan Fagin has put together a history of the horrors and inhumanity of corporate greed and government lack of involvement His work is backed up by pages and pages of references at the end all of which point to the causes of the devastation of the families and the lethal pollution of the area in and around Toms River New Jersey His work is painfully eye opening and should be included as an educational tool in schoolsThe author started at the very beginning the 'creation' of a process using certain chemicals to make dye He follows and documents the trail of a large corporation as they use deceit to hide the environmental havoc they caused The government always seemed to be one step behind or not interestedinformed enlightened enough to get involvedWas this book well written? Definitely Did this book affect me? Definitely Did it open my eyes? Definitely Should it be read by all? Definitely I'm not sure I agree with the title Toms River A Story of Science and Salvation The word 'salvation' just doesn't sit right with me No amount of monetary compensation to those whose lives were decimated by various cancers can alleviate the guilt of those responsible It will not bring back those whose lives were cut short nor ease the pain of those who still live The affects of the acts of these corporations are much far reaching than just Toms River and people need to be aware and get involvedThis ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and St Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review


  4. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Having grown up in the Toms River area I was a child when a lot of the whisperings of cancer cluster were first heard So I was extremely curious to find out Fagin does an excellent job of explaining how events unfolded and his particular writing style which included other illustrative historical accountings is effective in helping the layman understand the scientific process It's hard not to read something like this and become depressed and scared After all I still have family who live there and the final update which is too short in my opinion does not give me hope that enough has changed My only reason for not giving the book 5 stars is that the sections detailing the statistical analyses of all of the testing are long and still nearly indecipherable to me math was never my strong suit Anyone from Toms River anyone with an interest in environmentalism and anyone who just wants to be educated enough to keep their own neighborhoods free from this type of disastrous pollution would do well to read this book


  5. Tom Tom says:

    A friend who teaches philosophy has a course in business ethics I thought this was an oxymoron until he explained that business ethics have a set of values to which corporations attempt to adhere Those values are simply put to maximize returns to investors Within such a framework when decisions need to be made the choice that maximizes profits will be taken Because corporations have the same rights as people some have compared their behavior to psychopathic personalitiesvoid of compassion In many scenarios the benefits accrue to the few and the risks are borne by the many Hence the need for some regulations to ensure that the pursuit of corporate profits doesn’t harm others Regulatory organizations for their part may a overshoot and become an impediment to innovation and productivity b under regulate and allow harm to occur In the events described in this book corporations behave pretty much as they always do and the regulators failed in their roleTom’s River describes a community in New Jersey that was a sleepy place until a major chemical manufacturer moved operations from Ohio where the by products of dye manufacturing created pollution to set up a new and bigger factory on the banks of a slow moving river This brought jobs and prosperity to the area but also polluted the river and the water table from which the community drew its water supply Subseuent increases in childhood cancerscancer clusters aroused stiff opposition to the corporation Local and state health authorities chose to minimize the risks There occurred a split in the community between those who worked at the factory homeowners who had seen a rise in their property values and those families that were convinced that pollution had caused cancers in their children Enter politicians who wanted whatever publicity they could get from the situation and you can begin to understand how fractious it becameClear descriptions of the history of chemical engineering dye manufacturing the beginnings of epidemiology and cluster analysis public health all interwoven with the story of this community makes this an outstanding book It certainly deserves to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize


  6. Lisa B. Lisa B. says:

    Who knew a book about toxic waste dumping could be such a fascinating read?By the first 50 pages I had lost count of the number of times I said “holy crap” It was hard for me to wrap my brain around the massive uantity of dumping that was going on I know this was in the late 1950s and early 1960s when the EPA was in it’s infancy and OSHA was non existent but even so I found it appalling The company responsible already had troubles for dumping in one other US city and in Europe so why should things have been any different in Toms River? To me this is the standard story of a large corporation coming into a small town and hoping that their offerings of good paying jobs would mean the locals would want to overlook any hazards that might be associated with those jobs As was often the case the workers and residents were often kept in the dark about their exposure to toxic chemicals and eventually had to fight tooth and nail for informationWhat was so interesting about this book was how the author presented the information Intermixed with the story of Toms River he educates the reader on topics such as epidemiology cancer research cluster studies and so much I can’t even images how much time and effort went into writing this And while it could have been overwhelmingly scientific I have to say I felt the informations was presented in a very readable and understandable mannerMy thanks to Random HouseBantam and Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review


  7. Erica Deb Erica Deb says:

    This book was really good but there was so much information It was well written and I was excited to learn the history of chemical manufacturing and cancer research but it is nearly 500 pages and it started feeling like I was at a party trapped in a really long conversation I'm glad I read it and am shocked by what happened in my hometown but honestly it was a struggle to reach the end


  8. Mike Mike says:

    Toms River is essential reading for those who care about health the environment and the frustration and rights of those injured by industrial hubris As a professor of Environmental History I would consider this a book that is essential readingLike Love Canal and other incidents around the world Bhopal for instance which was caused by the same industry and same business we find the rights of the individual trampled in the rush for jobs and economic salvationOf course short term gains in economic growth and jobs is often offset by long term loss in this case destruction of ground water cancer in the citizens who are caught unawares because state agencies that are supposed to monitor health and environmental issues are appointed by politicians who are beholding to the donations and lobbyists of industryLike Erin Brockovich and Lois Gibbs we can now add the persistent Linda Gillick the pantheon of environmental heroes who stood up to ridicule the callous who think that cancer is their problem chambers of commerce and corporation lawyers to fight for a cause that is important than all the good the company doesIn the end politics and agencies fail us and we continue with issues like global warming and severe storms big issues that we as individuals cannot control but have to endure not getting the will of the public and the investment neededCompanies like Ciba Geigy who created the chemical plant and problems in Toms River change their names to Novartis and move to other places like India and China where regulations are lax and the story does not go away it just shifts locationEmployees fear for jobs and income a serious concern and fight for the company only to find that the company will not fight for them when their own health concerns ariseThe author did amazing research and documentation He keeps himself and his opinions out of the text and lets the story and complexities play out in a fascinating account that is spell binding and as intriguing as any fictional thrillerBut of course unlike the fictional thriller there is not final resolution that will be satisfying no kick butt public humiliation of the executives just the reality that we each have a responsibility to act to support those who are working for the right causes and to be aware that there are complex issues which take time and some good researchers and lawyers to help us solveA highly readable and excellent book


  9. Alison Alison says:

    I wanted to much to like this book and give it a higher review After all I grew up 30 miles south of Toms River so the events took place in my area of reference I am also very into clean air and water and get almost personally offended when I read about how callously we've treated the Earth and one another in pursuit of the almighty dollarI wanted to like this book but I just couldn't Dan Fagin certainly tried his best to tell the story as objectively and honestly as possible but the ending and overall resolution just felt like such a let down after investing so much time and effort into the narrative I understand that as a non fiction book the facts are the facts and that's it but at times Toms River A Small Town a Cancer Cluster and the Epic uest to Expose Pollution's Hidden Conseuences got so bogged down in minutiae and obscure factschemicalshistory that it made it hard to focus on the story at hand Science and math are also not strong suits of mine so I struggled with fully understanding the hard core statistics and also chemical compositions that Fagin spent so much time writing about I don't want to feel dumb when I read a book especially since I am far from dumb I went back and forth about the rating of this book If Goodreads would allow me to give half stars I would have given it 25 I think Fagin truly did try to make the book engaging and emotional as possible but it just didn't work for this reader 2 stars


  10. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    This is length and depth The message is important But the means of telling this long and murky report is like a stream that has to traverse all 5 continents And the North PoleBecause this wasn't just a detailing for the dye works in Toms River but a history of testing the chemical components or derivatives all the legacybackground for the scientific methods for epidemiology not only for bacterial but for all kinds of mutative or parasitic health issues in populations as well You are not only getting the story of a pollution into ground water wells and stats for a cancer cluster but also centuries of back story to the causeeffect knowledge along the way Dan Fagin does a great job on the research the voices the testimonies for dire and horrific health outcomes And for the legal aspects and popular attentions and ignoring that cycled in waves for 30 years from the time that the Toms River Dye factory opened until it closedThe parts on the waste disposal to the Reich's Farm and the methods of barreling and trucking out into dumps were also thorough So why not than 3 stars? Because it covered so much and for so long that the format and flow became nearly loss I could absolutely put it down The last uarter was a slog put I plodded on Tracts of chemical analyzing data describing compound changes in the factory processed And page after page of by product color uality or benzidine contact result to the bladder cancers that kind of material for this length of copy is uite difficult to read It was interesting and seemed 5 star accurate I just wish I could have grasped the entire than I did Because I actually do understand some of the chemistry But this was like studying the entire history of France to learn about beret manufacturing or champagne production


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