Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty [Pdf/E–pub]
Patrick Radden Keefe Ù 8 eviewA novel length expos that eads like a thriller
a tale corporate perfidy Empire of Pain heats the eader s blood from the very first page and keeps it at a violent boil until the very last Exhaustively esearched and #captivatingly narrated Patrick Radden Keefe s book epresents a crippling indictment not just of the Sacklers and #narrated Patrick Radden Keefe s book St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves represents a crippling indictment not just of the Sacklers and Pharma but of the systemegulatory capture mercenary attorneys and consultants avaricious medical practitioners and a corrupt plutocracy that enabled supported and profited from their malfeasanceFor anyone who hopes to understand the ongoing opioid crisis or who has a broader interest in medicine business politics or criminality Empire of Pain is a must ead Keefe s book will make eaders angry It will make them sad It will make them feel hopeless But it is precisely this type of Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher reporting that may enable us in the years to come to preemptively identify the future Sacklers of the world Perhaps then to borrow one of Keefe s analogies we will be able to contain a future crisis within the Pandora s Box from which the opioid crisis fueled by the Sacklers greed and immorality emerged Aftereading Say Nothing which is the best non fiction book I ve ever Twilight of the Idols read I figured I wouldead whatever Keefe wrote next good choice It honestly took me a little longer to finish this because at times you ll Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, read something that these malicious tone deaf fucks have done to the general public that you become so furious you have to go do something else for a while The thesis of this book is that one family had a guiding hand in the opioid epidemic which it did and that they the family profitied immensely from this and didn teally care what #happened to anyone else There s some major succession vibes in here except that you # to anyone else There s some major succession vibes in here except that you there s no likable characters and these are Der Ritter und die Bastardtochter real people flying to private islands in the Turks Great book about generally terrible and dispicable people Also a great PS here Trump tried to them all out Because of fucking course he did I have been eagerly waiting for Mr Radden Keefe s book the moment I finished his last novel Say Nothing If I could give this book and all of his books ten stars I would The Washington Post said it best in theirecent book Chinaberries and Crows review Keefe is a gifted storyteller who excels at capturing personalities which is no small thing given that the Sacklers didn t provide access He is a beautiful story teller and in every page you feel as if you are in theoom living the moments he is ecreating You will not be disappointed by this book or any of his books He is a brilliant and talented writer and I have devoured this book the moment it was delivered You will not be disappointed in eading anything Mr Radden Keefe writes His books are simply outstanding For the first 14 of this book I thought I might actually enjoy eading about this evil family in the same morbid way that I enjoy Succession and The Godfather 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 Ovies But NOPE These people #are so horrifically evil particularly the second generation of Sackler parasites characters who lets be horrifically evil the second generation of Sackler parasites characters who lets be even Shonda Rhimes would hesitate to write because they d be criticized as being too cartoonishly awful to be eal Making money off of human suffering is bad enough but these pieces of human garbage efuse to even This was very good I listened to the audiobook ead by the authorFrom the news I had #a cursory knowledge of the Sacklers as bad people unning a company that profits off addiction and this book details how #cursory knowledge of the Sacklers as bad people unning a company that profits off addiction and this book details how terrible they are I didn t find the story as shocking and full of twists as Radden s previous two books but maybe I m cynical a company a pharma company lying about their product to increase profits Politicians mostly Republican being softcorruptible on holding the company or its ich owners accountable People convincing themselves of just about anything to getkeep enormous wealth The justice system being different for the ich None of that is at all groundbreaking to me but I still think it s incredibly valuable that all of the abuses of wealth and power are cataloged together in one book The book engaged me in a way most nonfiction doesn t it s a long audiobook but I finished it in less than five days Reading this book along with Alec MacGillis fantastic new book about Reform, Red Scare, and Ruin really outlines how damaging a small number of people can be to society at large when they have too much power Both books show how our institutions that were designed to protect the public are no match for unfettered greed and power from billionaires I m very pleased that Patrick Radden Keefe bravely investigated this horrific drug dealing family and wrote the book that will now be their legacy instead of the museums and colleges that have galleries that bear their name He ably weaves a story that shows how this merciless greed and willingness to breakules was part of the family DNA si The overdoses and deaths came early Having been introduced to medical doctors in the mid to late 1990 s the super strong pain medicine OxyContin uickly became the drug of choice to give those dying in great pain from cancer But OxyContin soon led to chronic abuse among those seeking the highs of street drugs What was OxyContin and who was behind the mounting death toll In his new book Empire of Pain author Patrick Radden Keefe takes the Grauwacht reader behind the scenes to the ultra secretive Sackler familyWhen and if you to the Smithsonian Museum you ll see huge Sackler Gallery dedicated to Asian Art There are similarooms filled with donations at prestigious colleges and museums mostly in the northeast They were gifts given by members of the Sackler family The three brothers Arthur Mortimer and Raymond were sons of a Jewish immigrant family The brothers all became doctors and were primarily interested in psychiatry But they ended up leaving the treatment of patients for F Art Oxford the Louvre They are one of the ichest 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 es.than a tale
"particular arthur founded drug advertising agencies and then "Arthur founded drug advertising agencies and then companies They produced some good sellers like Senokot but hit the big time with the development of the incredibly strong pain killer OxyContin It was sold as specifically non addictive But it was addictive and large swathes of the United States #were soon hotspots in the distribution and use of the drug Patrick Radden Keefe looks at both the family #soon hotspots in the distribution and use of the drug Patrick Radden Keefe looks at both the family company behind the OxyContin debacle He s an excellent writer and makes the medical and business details easy to understand There have been books about the drug but mainly on how it s introduction to the steel towns of Pennsylvania and the hollers of West Virginia and Kentucky and how it s use has affected millions of people who became addicted to the supposedly non addictive drug Keefe s book puts it all together I knew some about this but in very broad strokes that oxy was a huge problem in our country and that the people behind it tried to be blameless I found it very hard to stop listening to this one from the brother s start to the end when the Sackler name is trashed and ightly so At first I liked the older brother s hustle but then when things started to get sneaky his wiley ways turned me off I hated how it seemed like he had his hands in every aspect of what he was working often behind the scenes and done so with shell companies so it wouldn t look bad That is your first clue that you are doing something wrong Then later when this brother got screwed over by the other 2 I couldn t feel bad This family knew things were wrong with oxy knew it wasn t what they touted it as but didn t care money and prestige was important to them While I m glad that in the end they lost the prestige I wish they would have h I saw a lot of low stars in The New World reviews but noeview written then I click on the person giving low stars and almost all had no other books in Good Reads so I m thinking it s the Sackler family making these up to give the book lower You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-way Journey You'd Rather Not Make reviews The first part of this bookeads like a history of Ad Men This book blew me away I had no idea about this family and they all seem like horrible people Some were communist or sympathizers all the while jet setting all over the world skiing or collecting art They were dishonest immoral greedy unethical entitled There is no eal justice when it comes to that much money it can always be bought Nothing than dru This is not a book about the opioid crisis Rather it s a book
About A Powerful American Family That Profits Off Of Paina powerful American family that profits off of pain Radden Keefe s investigative journalism here is dense detailed impressive I wasn t sure I d enjoy this book about ich people as much as I enjoyed Say Nothing A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland but I couldn t stop listening On top of being a talented journalist Keefe is an engaging urgent voice narrator RIYL Succession. Ponsible for making and marketing Oxycontin a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis Empire of Pain is a masterpiece of narrative The Fashion Industry and Its Careers: An Introduction reporting and writing exhaustively documented and ferociously compelli.
Patrick Radden Keefe