Empire of Pain Book Reviews

Patrick Radden Keefe

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe Book Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin. From the prize-winning and bestselling author of Say Nothing.

"A real-life version of the HBO series Succession with a lethal sting in its tail…a masterful work of narrative reportage.” – Laura Miller, Slate

The history of the Sackler dynasty is rife with drama—baroque personal lives; bitter disputes over estates; fistfights in boardrooms; glittering art collections; Machiavellian courtroom maneuvers; and the calculated use of money to burnish reputations and crush the less powerful. The Sackler name has adorned 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, but the source of the family fortune was vague—until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing a blockbuster painkiller that was the catalyst for the opioid crisis.

Empire of Pain is the saga of three generations of a single family and the mark they would leave on the world, a tale that moves from the bustling streets of early twentieth-century Brooklyn to the seaside palaces of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Cap d’Antibes to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. It follows the family’s early success with Valium to the much more potent OxyContin, marketed with a ruthless technique of co-opting doctors, influencing the FDA, downplaying the drug’s addictiveness. Empire of Pain chronicles the multiple investigations of the Sacklers and their company, and the scorched-earth legal tactics that the family has used to evade accountability.

A masterpiece of narrative reporting, Empire of Pain is a ferociously compelling portrait of America’s second Gilded Age, a study of impunity among the super-elite and a relentless investigation of the naked greed that built one of the world’s great fortunes.

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Book Name Empire of Pain
Genre Biographies & Memoirs
Language English
E-Book Size 11.04 MB

Empire of Pain (Patrick Radden Keefe) Book Reviews 2023

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Holy cow. I started it at 6:30 when I had my coffee and finished it at 10:30 the same night. I literally could not stop. From the first page it started out with a bang and then got even better. The twists just kept coming. Probably gonna read it again today.

A Quintessential Piece of the Opioid Epidemic. The research required for a book of this scope - to tell the multigenerational story of the SACKLER family - is staggering. Absolutely amazing work from Keefe. The book couldn’t be more relevant if it tried. This is the quintessential piece in understanding how the opioid epidemic came to be. Please read this book. Our moving forward as a people is dependent upon holding families, like the SACKLER family, responsible for their actions in ruining the lives of so many people.

Painfully. Insightful

Mind blowing.. Please do yourself a favor & read this.

A book to understand America. Wow. This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand the opioid epidemic. Anybody who knows somebody affected by drug abuse should read this book.

Gut wrenching. This book is an incredibly detailed look at three generations of a family driven by greed and utterly void of any amount of remorse for their purposeful destruction of humanity in order to line their pockets. The work is very well written!

interesting story. interesting to get some of the background of what went on behind the curtains of Purdue. I am just so glad that my physician never put me on OxyContin to fight my chronic neck pain. I could have been one of the statistics. Such a shame of those that were given prescription to such an addictive drug.

Excellent & Thorough Reportage of. The Perdue Pharma Devastattion. Keefe does a remarkable job in tracing the rise and inevitable collapse of the pharmaceutical giant Perdue Pharma and the rapacious Sackler dynasty who were completely oblivious to the damage they wrought garnering obscene profits along the wayI a must read!

Fascinating. Crazy inside story of the opioid epidemic. The Sacklers truly were greedy and evil.

A Magnum Opus. Essential reading. Highly engaging, well-researched, deeply absorbing. Unforgettable.

Empire of Pain. Well written and exhaustively researched. However, it could have been condensed by 50% and would have been even better.

A devastating feat of journalism. Jaw dropping stuff — read it

Mist read. excellent book Must read.

They don’t care about our health. Really eye opening. These companies don’t care about our health. They only see dollar signs. Do yourself a favor and read this.

Great Book. Could not put it down.

Compelling and dark. Vivid biography of the family and crisis told through thoughtful and thorough research. Reads like a thriller that unfortunately is true.

Eye opening. From someone that lost someone close from this epidemic. Thank you for writing this book.

EXTREMELY ENLIGHTNING. I learned so much about the opioid crisis that it is understandable why it is so difficult to obtain pain medication. I took it during a period before surgery for spinal stenosis and then I weaned myself off of it. I think it is good to illustrate the problems it has caused,but now doctors are terrified to prescribe it. While I enjoyed the book, it was very long and intense. My only complaint is that it should be condensed.

Could not put it down. I watched and listened to several interviews about this book before I bought it. I could not put t down! It took me 4 days to read. The amount of detail and information is incredible. I would get to the end of a chapter, and tell my self …one more chapter. So captivating. If there are as many pages of information as the author says, he may need to write another book, or turn it into a document-series.

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The Empire of Pain book written by Patrick Radden Keefe was published on 13 April 2021, Tuesday in the Biographies & Memoirs category. A total of 905 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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