Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

 17.95

by Patrick Radden Keefe

The gripping and shocking story of three generations of the Sackler family and their roles in the stories of Valium, Oxycontin and the opioid crisis.

‘Jaw-dropping… Beggars belief’ Sunday Times

‘You feel almost guilty for enjoying it so much’ The Times

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

The gripping and shocking story of three generations of the Sackler family and their roles in the stories of Valium and Oxycontin, by the prize-winning, bestselling author of Say Nothing.

The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions – Harvard; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Oxford; the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations in the arts and sciences. The source of their fortune was vague, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing Oxycontin. This blockbuster painkiller was a catalyst for the opioid crisis; an international epidemic of drug addiction which has killed nearly half a million people.

In this masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, Patrick Radden Keefe exhaustively documents the jaw-dropping and ferociously compelling reality. Empire of Pain is the story of a dynasty: a parable of 21st century greed.

About the Author

Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, as well as two previous critically acclaimed books, The Snakehead, and Chatter. He grew up in Boston and now lives in New York.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 3.2 × 19.7 cm

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