By Sue CorbettCaroline LeavittThailan PhamDANIELLE TRUSSONI and Vicki Sheff-Cahan
Updated September 15, 2008 12:00 PM

by Nancy A. Nichols


While her sister was dying of a rare cancer, journalist Nichols promised to write about whether the pollution of Lake Michigan, near their childhood home, was responsible. While Nichols uncovers “no courtroom-worthy proof,” the evidence of massive fish die-offs and increased cancers—including her own—seems to indicate a link. Her book is a chilling indictment of how government and big business prized profits over health—and a moving tale of one woman’s struggle to understand why.