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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Business, Finance & Law , Business, Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2022
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Empire of Pain
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... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford
Empire of Pain
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 ge... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Empire of Pain
Highlight of the Year
This is by far the best book I've read in at least the last 12 months. The narrative of the Sacklers profiting from medicated addiction is interesting en... READ MORE
Chris Loizou-Denyer
Empire of Pain
Essential reading
I loved two thirds of this book - found the final third a bit wearing. The first part, essentially a biography of Arthur Sackler, the patriarch of the fami... READ MORE
Sean Farrell


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: 391g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 45 mm

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Empire of Pain
A well researched book documenting the rise of addiction to prescription medicine and an unquestioning belief and lack of research in the product. So sad... READ MORE
Bernice Brewster
Empire of Pain
A fantastic read.
Tom Hargreaves
Empire of Pain
Hands down my favourite book of the year. Most writers would struggle to keep their reader captivated through such a subject but Radden Keefe is not a norm... READ MORE
Helen Carruthers
Empire of Pain
Empire of Pain Review-Samuel Miller Wednesday 17 August 2022
This book told the story of the rise and fall of one American Big Pharma company Purdue Pharma, and the links between it, and the Sackler family,that found... READ MORE
Samuel Miller
Empire of Pain
An utterly compelling, intense read that belies the detail that in the wrong hands could be a dirge.
Kate Penfold