Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

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The highly anticipated portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, 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 to the arts and sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing OxyContin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis.

Empire of Pain is a masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, exhaustively documented and ferociously compelling.

Title:Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385545686
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    Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty Reviews

  • Traci at The Stacks

    This is A+ reporting and storytelling. The story of the Sackler family is expertly laid out for the reader. Riveting and sickening. Investigative journalism at its best. Read this book. ...

  • Michael Perkins

    How it all started.....https://www.vox.com/2017/6/5/15111936...======================The article that the book expanded from.https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...=====================New documentar...

  • K.J. Charles

    I've been reading a lot of non fiction because I haven't been able to read romance. After this I want to crawl into a hole with forty romance novels and never come out. Jesus. This is horrifying. As a...

  • Perry

    Compelling story and swirling subplots around the Sackler men and women whose billions were gained on pain and abusive practices concerning opioids, as well as of some heroes who brought the Sacklers ...

  • Elle

    A painstaking account of the very beginnings of the Sackler family business, starting with the founding and acquisition of several companies by Arther, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, to present day whe...

  • Wynne Kontos RONA READS

    Have you seen Anya Taylor-Joy in the THE WITCH? Perhaps you washed pan seared gnocchi down with a crisp French 75 at The Smith. Did you attend Columbia, NYU, Yale, Harvard, or Tufts? Have you been to ...

  • Ophelia Alderton

    “Addicts want to be addicted, they get themselves addicted over and over again.” Richard SacklerThe Sackler family sold opioids as if they were selling sweets and truth be told there are probably ...

  • Truman32

    Some families seem genetically disposed with certain traits. Take for instance the Righteous Brothers and the Ramones. These families have the genetic knack to gift the world with head-bopping tunes. ...

  • Tyler Hunt

    After reading "Say Nothing", which is the best non-fiction book I've ever read, I figured I would read whatever Keefe wrote next, good choice. It honestly took me a little longer to finish this becaus...

  • SuperWendy

    Capitalism is a hell of a drug.I wasn't as obsessed with this as I was with Radden Keefe's previous book, Say Nothing, but it's still a riveting read and a dynamite listen on audiobook. The author det...