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Dan Fagin

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A science journalism professor at New York University, Dan Fagin is a nationally prominent journalist on environmental health topics. His new book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. It has been described as “a new classic of science reporting” (The New York Times), “a gripping environmental thriller” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), “a crisp, hard-nosed probe into corporate arrogance and the power of public resistance” (Publishers Weekly), “required environmental reading” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and "an absorbing and thoughtful navigation of our era of synthetic chemicals" (USA Today). ...more

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“A simple pecking order has always characterized mankind's relationship to waste: The wealthy throw out what they do not want, the poor scavenge what they can, and whatever remains is left to rot.”
Dan Fagin, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

“Relatively few people in town were paying close attention to the issue; a much bigger controversy in the local papers during that long, hot summer was whether flying the United Nations flag at town hall was a gesture of international cooperation or “evidence of communist conspiracy,” as one newspaper article put it.16”
Dan Fagin, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

“On his desk he kept a quotation from investigative reporter Bob Woodward: “All good work is done in defiance of management.”
Dan Fagin, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation



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