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Empire of Pain

Patrick Radden Keefe

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      The gripping and shocking story of three generations of the Sackler family and their roles in the stories of Valium, OxyContin and the opioid crisis. The inspiration behind the Netflix series Painkiller, starring Uzo Aduba and Matthew Broderick.THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERWinner of the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-FictionA BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'Shortlisted for the 2021 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardOne of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2021Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction'I gobbled up Empire of Pain . . . a masterclass in compelling narrative nonfiction.' – Elizabeth Day, The Guardian '30 Best Summer Reads'‘You feel almost guilty for enjoying it so much’ – The TimesThe 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, award-winning journalist and host of the Wind of Change podcast Patrick Radden Keefe exhaustively documents the jaw-dropping and ferociously compelling reality. Empire of Pain is the story of a dynasty: a parable of twenty-first-century greed.'There are so many "they did what?" moments in this book, when your jaw practically hits the page' – Sunday Times
      CONTRIBUTORS: Patrick Radden Keefe EAN: 9781529063103 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PAGES: WEIGHT: 391 g HEIGHT: 197 cm
      PUBLISHED BY: Pan Macmillan DATE PUBLISHED: CITY: GENRE: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Capitalism, TRUE CRIME / White Collar Crime WIDTH: 130 cm SPINE:

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      United States of America, USA, Reportage, journalism or collected columns, True crime, Health, illness and addiction: social aspects, Corporate crime / white-collar crime, Business ethics and social responsibility, Chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

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      Anoushka Israel
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      The story of the biggest drug scandal in history. Glorified drug dealers. Keefe is an experienced journalistic writer and, in an easy-to-follow style, lays down the tactics employed by the Sackler Family to get away with murder, quite literally, all the while amassing billions of dollars in personal wealth. You'll be amazed at the many lengths they went to, to control the narrative of them doing good for the "Chronic-pain community". At its peak, over 100 deaths an hour were linked to OxyContin.

      Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction), Say Nothing: Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, as well as the critically-acclaimed books, The Snakehead, and Chatter. He is the writer and host of the eight-part podcast Wind of Change on the origins of the Scorpions’ power ballad. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2015 and 2016, and also received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He grew up in Boston and now lives in New York.

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      The gripping and shocking story of three generations of the Sackler family and their roles in the stories of Valium, OxyContin and the opioid crisis. The inspiration behind the Netflix series Painkiller, starring Uzo Aduba and Matthew Broderick.THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERWinner of the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-FictionA BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'Shortlisted for the 2021 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardOne of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2021Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction'I gobbled up Empire of Pain . . . a masterclass in compelling narrative nonfiction.' – Elizabeth Day, The Guardian '30 Best Summer Reads'‘You feel almost guilty for enjoying it so much’ – The TimesThe 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, award-winning journalist and host of the Wind of Change podcast Patrick Radden Keefe exhaustively documents the jaw-dropping and ferociously compelling reality. Empire of Pain is the story of a dynasty: a parable of twenty-first-century greed.'There are so many "they did what?" moments in this book, when your jaw practically hits the page' – Sunday Times
      CONTRIBUTORS: Patrick Radden Keefe EAN: 9781529063103 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PAGES: WEIGHT: 391 g HEIGHT: 197 cm
      PUBLISHED BY: Pan Macmillan DATE PUBLISHED: CITY: GENRE: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Capitalism, TRUE CRIME / White Collar Crime WIDTH: 130 cm SPINE:

      Book Themes:

      United States of America, USA, Reportage, journalism or collected columns, True crime, Health, illness and addiction: social aspects, Corporate crime / white-collar crime, Business ethics and social responsibility, Chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

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      Anoushka Israel
      Worth the hype

      The story of the biggest drug scandal in history. Glorified drug dealers. Keefe is an experienced journalistic writer and, in an easy-to-follow style, lays down the tactics employed by the Sackler Family to get away with murder, quite literally, all the while amassing billions of dollars in personal wealth. You'll be amazed at the many lengths they went to, to control the narrative of them doing good for the "Chronic-pain community". At its peak, over 100 deaths an hour were linked to OxyContin.

      Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction), Say Nothing: Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, as well as the critically-acclaimed books, The Snakehead, and Chatter. He is the writer and host of the eight-part podcast Wind of Change on the origins of the Scorpions’ power ballad. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2015 and 2016, and also received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He grew up in Boston and now lives in New York.

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      The story of the biggest drug scandal in history. Glorified drug dealers. Keefe is an experienced journalistic writer and, in an easy-to-follow style, lays down the tactics employed by the Sackler Family to get away with murder, quite literally, all the while amassing billions of dollars in personal wealth. You'll be amazed at the many lengths they went to, to control the narrative of them doing good for the "Chronic-pain community". At its peak, over 100 deaths an hour were linked to OxyContin.

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