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


Read the New York Times’ rave review of Toms River


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 unforgettable characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.


Watch and hear Dan’s talks and media appearances, and see where he’ll be next.


May 28, 2015: The World Science Festival

Dan speaks about Toms River and the power of science-based storytelling at the “Science and Story” panel of the World Science Festival.

June 11, 2015; World Conference of Science Journalists

Dan’s keynote address to the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea explored the challenging road ahead for science journalism in a digital age.

April 26, 2015: National Academy of Sciences

Dan speaks to the 152nd annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences about the challenges of science reporting and the science of Toms River.

April 1, 2015: Brian Lehrer Show

On the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, Dan takes calls and talks about what really happened in Toms River in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and what we can learn from it today.

March 15, 2015: Book TV

Fielding viewer questions on C-SPAN Book TV from the Tucson Festival of Books, Dan talks about the connections between Toms River and current environmental issues, including nuclear power, fair trade and the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.