Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Paperback)
  • Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Paperback)
  • Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Paperback)
  • Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Paperback)
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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Paperback) Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Paperback)

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (Paperback)

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Published: 03/03/2022
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Waterstones Says

The award-winning author of Say Nothing turns his penetrating gaze to the stupendously wealthy and influential Sackler family, probing the dark and murky methods they have employed to amass their fortune.

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for March 2022

Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021

Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2021

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year

Shortlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2022

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Winner of Winners Award

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 the 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-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.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529063103
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 391 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 45 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

There are so many "they did what?" moments in this book, when your jaw practically hits the page - Sunday Times

This is no dense medical tome, but a page-turner with a villainous family to rival the Roys in Succession, and one where every chapter ends with the perfect bombshell. - Esquire

The story of the Sacklers and OxyContin is a parable of the modern era of philanthropy being deployed to burnish the reputations of financiers and entrepreneurs . . . [A] tour-de-force - Financial Times

Put simply, this book will make your blood boil . . . a devastating portrait of a family consumed by greed and unwilling to take the slightest responsibility or show the least sympathy for what it wrought . . . a highly readable and disturbing narrative. - John Carreyrou, author of Bad Blood, New York Times Book Review

An engrossing (and frequently enraging) tale of striving, secrecy and self-delusion . . . Even when detailing the most sordid episodes, Keefe’s narrative voice is calm and admirably restrained, allowing his prodigious reporting to speak for itself. His portrait of the family is all the more damning for its stark lucidity. - Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

A true tragedy in multiple acts. It is the story of a family that lost its moorings and its morals . . . Written with novelistic family-dynasty and family-dynamic sweep, Empire of Pain is a pharmaceutical Forsythe Saga, a book that in its way is addictive, with a page-turning forward momentum. - David M. Shribman, Boston Globe

Explosive . . . Keefe marshals a large pile of evidence and deploys it with prosecutorial precision . . . Keefe is a gifted storyteller who excels at capturing personalities. - Washington Post

An air-tight indictment of the family behind the opioid crisis . . . [an] impressive exposé - Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times

A damning portrait of the Sacklers, the billionaire clan behind the OxyContin epidemic . . . [Keefe] has a knack for crafting lucid, readable descriptions of the sort of arcane business arrangements the Sacklers favored. - Laura Miller, Slate

Keefe has a way of making the inaccessible incredibly digestible, of morphing complex stories into page-turning thrillers, and he's done it again with Empire of Pain . . . equal parts juicy society gossip and historical record. - Seija Rankin, Entertainment Weekly

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“Outstanding”

I’ve yet to meet a bookseller who hasn’t been blown away by this, a fascinating, page turning study of the Sackler dynasty, the OxyContin epidemic and the company that blazed a trail of such greed it’s hard to... More

Hardback edition
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“Brilliant investigative journalism”

This is a story of the corruption of the American dream - three brothers, whose talents in medicine and advertising come together to found a pharmaceutical business empire. The story of the Sackler brothers and their... More

Paperback edition
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Katy Wheatley

“A Work of Journalistic Genius”

This is an astonishing and brilliant piece of journalism.

Radden Keefe explores the origins of the Sackler family fortune and how it was, over several generations, generated by the family's willingness to turn... More

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