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Empire of Pain
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty | Patrick Radden Keefe
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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, by the prize-winning, bestselling author of Say Nothing The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutionsHarvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to 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 a blockbuster painkiller that was the catalyst for the opioid crisis. Empire of Pain begins with the story of three doctor brothers, Raymond, Mortimer and the incalculably energetic Arthur, who weathered the poverty of the Great Depression and appalling anti-Semitism. Working at a barbaric mental institution, Arthur saw a better way and conducted groundbreaking research into drug treatments. He also had a genius for marketing, especially for pharmaceuticals, and bought a small ad firm. Arthur devised the marketing for Valium, and built the first great Sackler fortune. He purchased a drug manufacturer, Purdue Frederick, which would be run by Raymond and Mortimer. The brothers began collecting art, and wives, and grand residences in exotic locales. Their children and grandchildren grew up in luxury. Forty years later, Raymonds son Richard ran the family-owned Purdue. The template Arthur Sackler created to sell Valiumco-opting doctors, influencing the FDA, downplaying the drugs addictivenesswas employed to launch a far more potent product: OxyContin. The drug went on to generate some thirty-five billion dollars in revenue, and to launch a public health crisis in which hundreds of thousands would die. This 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 dAntibes to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. 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. The history of the Sackler dynasty is rife with dramabaroque 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. Empire of Pain is a masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, exhaustively documented and ferociously compelling. It is a portrait of the excesses of Americas second Gilded Age, a study of impunity among the super elite and a relentless investigation of the naked greed and indifference to human suffering that built one of the worlds great fortunes.
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brittanybooks
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@BookBosomed1 loved your photo had to share

Reading Empire of Pain this weekend… didn‘t realize it‘s 1,000+ pages

Prairiegirl_reading Empire of pain is so good though!! 2d
brittanybooks @Prairiegirl_reading it is really great so far! I just read Dopesick recently… this stuff is just crazy. 2d
BookBosomed1 ❤️❤️❤️ 2d
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Prairiegirl_reading @brittanybooks I‘ve had dopesick on my tbr for a while but I can‘t seem to start it. 💔 2d
JenReadsAlot Both of those books are great and maddening! 2d
Word_Dragon Finishing The Book of Hope and starting Book Love. 2d
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TheRiehlDeal
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✨ My reading goal is to *try* and listen to at least one book a week.

✨ Samey

✨ I‘m enjoying it so far!

#ThoughtfulThursday

Kdgordon88 Thanks for the tag! 2w
ozma.of.oz Thanks for the tag! 2w
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 😊📖📚 2w
DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag! 1w
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ClairesReads
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Empire of Pain is an exactingly researched piece of investigative journalism. Radden Keefe explores the origins of the opioid crisis in a narrative that reads sometimes like a family history, at others like a detailed and probing news article, and others again like a crime novel. It‘s engagingly constructed and is shocking and infuriating at almost every turn.

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Andrew65 Got a couple of nominations for this. (edited) 2w
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Addison_Reads
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Another excellent nonfiction to end the year with. This book covered so much about the Sackler family that I never knew. I was sickened by the actions of this family and the limitless bounds of their greed. However, Patrick Radden Keefe delivers a riveting story with perfectly researched details that I simply couldn't stop reading.

Singout Good to know! One of my #NYWD picks. 2w
Addison_Reads @Singout it really is a great read, but you'll find yourself angry and just fed up a lot with the people involved. 2w
Amiable Such a fantastic read! As you said, it‘s frustrating and depressing, but so well written. 2w
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fredthemoose
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I‘m a bit of a novice at making collages, so this took me longer than it should have, but here‘s my 2021 year in review! I finished 108 books! My previous high was around 75. The increase was directly tied to Litsy, especially #bookspin bingo, and finding new and interesting books from others‘ posts.

Thanks for a great few months—looking forward to 2022!

Ruthiella Nice work! 👍 Happy New Year! 2w
DrexEdit That‘s some good reading! 😊👍🏆 2w
Reggie Wow, great job! 2w
Clwojick Amazing! Way to go! 2w
Nute Wow! Well done!🙌🏽 6d
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Chelsea.Poole
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#12booksof2021 for June is this maddening, but epically researched narrative nonfiction about the greed and corruption of the Sackler family. The devastation caused by OxyContin to untold numbers of families was apparent but did not stop their company, Purdue Pharma from cranking out an ungodly amount of pills which the government did nothing to stop for far too long.
This easily could have made my #top21of2021

Andrew65 Sounds intriguing. 2w
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LeslieO
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My nonfiction goal every year is 12, this year I read 17. The tagged book is my number one, (soooo good), the rest round out my top five. #ReadingGoals #Bestof2021 #topnonfiction

ChaoticMissAdventures Patrick Radden Keefe is quickly becoming my favorite non-fiction writer, he has a new one coming 2022! 2w
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jlhammar
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#12Booksof2021 A book from May that really had me fuming! Keefe is such a skilled investigative journalist and storyteller. Also recommend his previous book, Say Nothing, and his podcast, Wind of Change.

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TheRiehlDeal
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My last book is going to be Where the Crawdads Sing. And my library hold of Empire of Pain came in this morning so I‘ll start the New Year with that.

#lastfirst

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DogEaredBooks
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And now we‘re at the completely obvious next part of this banana pants story: when Purdue Pharma decides to hire Rudy Giuliani (who the author takes pains to remind us used to be at least mildly respected in the early 2000s)

MicheleinPhilly I had a good laugh about that when I read Dopesick earlier this year. 4w
EvieBee Lol! Crazy. 4w
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kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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God, Arthur Sackler (and brothers) are just the worst 🤢

Current cringe inducing is not even related to his sketchy businesses - mostly his weird romantic life (nothing too weird just typical rich male disregard for his wife - and second wife - and third wife)

Everything he did is just ~~ ughhh~~ 🤮

DogEaredBooks Also as a museum nerd I didn‘t expect so much about the museums but I am here for it! His art collecting antics are also not surprising but leave that classic slimy feeling quintessential of rich (white) people doing whatever the hell they want 1mo
JenReadsAlot They are awful humans... 1mo
DogEaredBooks @JenReadsAlot 100% without a doubt 1mo
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Suet624 Love this post. And yes to all of it 1mo
Megabooks This book made me burn white hot with rage!! 1mo
DogEaredBooks @Megabooks you are not alone! 1mo
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Soubhiville That is excellent news. 1mo
Reecaspieces I watch dopesick and being a pharmacist…this is just nuts! I will definitely add this book! 1mo
Scochrane26 I liked the book Dopesick but haven‘t watched the show yet. @Reecaspieces (edited) 1mo
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JenReadsAlot Good! 1mo
AmyG GOOD. 1mo
ozma.of.oz Oh hell yes! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
Tamra Greed has consequences. 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Patrick Radden Keefe is quickly becoming my favorite non-fiction writer. This book is brilliant and infuriating. I finished this 2 days ago and am still processing how blatantly evil this family is. Greed and malice mixed with a complete lack of empathy. I appreciate how Keefe lays out the facts in a straight forward but interesting way, & how he was able to keep the people distinct - definitely pick up the physical book for the family tree.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weeklyforecast I am currently reading the tagged and Rustle in the grass so hope to finish both and start 2 more! We will see if I luck out and start a December #bookspin

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mjtwo
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15-23 Nov 2021 (audiobook)
It has taken a while for my outrage to subside after finishing this book. Ostensibly about the role of pharmaceutical companies in the opioid crisis, it is about greed. Most particularly the greed of the Sackler family. They are almost psychopathic in their failure to consider the impact their actions have on wider society focusing only on increasing their profits and immortalising the Sackler name. Infuriating!

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Twainy
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🎧 HOLY SMOKE! What a well referenced piece of journalism, it just sucked me in!

A deep dive into three generations of Sacklers. The family who brought us OxyContin.

This is a very interesting fact-filled book about the people who may have escalated the opioid epidemic.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Twainy At the end of the book the narrator tells us that 10 states have a law that in order to prescribe this narcotic a doctor has to fill out 3 forms. The thought as to why opioid deaths didn‘t sky rocket in those states is that the Sackler pharmacy reps didn‘t push Oxy in these states thinking doctors would tend not to prescribe oxy as often due to all this extra paperwork so it wouldn‘t be profitable for them. 👇🏻 2mo
Twainy
So calling doctors lazy & Pharmacy reps greedy …
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AshleyKorinE
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As someone with immediate family addicted to drugs, with extended family who is addicted to drugs, who lives in a blue collar state this book effected me more than I thought it would. To know a family sits on billions while so many people, patients, they called them customers die is devastating to learn this families history. I highly recommend everything Keefe writes because he tells a fantastic story, building history. It‘s a beautiful book!

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#GiffordPrize
2 days late posting this.Thrilled beyond measure that this author/book won this prestigious UK Gifford Prize.Incredible journalism & writing. Non fiction that captivated me, enthralled me, infuriated me, educated me- so much for my husband & I to talk about- I listened on audio, while husband read the book. #familyread

Amiable Yes to all of the emotions! This book makes you feel all of them. 2mo
kspenmoll @Amiable 😃💕 2mo
Scochrane26 I agree! I‘m still mad when I think of the Sacklers. I‘m listening to Say Nothing now, it‘s so good, too. 2mo
Megabooks This was amazing!! (And infuriating.) well deserved. (edited) 2mo
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This book was so good…. Thoroughly deserves to win the Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/nov/16/baillie-gifford-prize-empire-of-pa...

Cinfhen Agreed 💕 2mo
JenReadsAlot Agreed 2mo
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Investigative journalism turned narrative nonfiction at its finest. I knew the Sackler‘s were greedy and selfish, but even so the extent of their depravity was infuriating.

Another #audiopuzzle (not quite complete)

#NFN21 #nonfictionnovember #pop21 #uglycover

MallenNC I‘ve got to read this. I have it but haven‘t made time yet. Library books keep getting in the way. 2mo
coffees Nice! Finishing books is always satisfying 👍👍 and I've been curious about this book for a while, good to know it's a rec! 2mo
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#TIL Between 115-140 people die every day from opiate overdoses.

They are more than just numbers. My birth mother Diane, in 2009.

My sister‘s long-time boyfriend, in 2019. 😢
#NFN21 #nonfictionnovember

kspenmoll This book is amazing & I learned so much. Lost my nephew at 19 to opioids.💔 2mo
EvieBee This book was eye opening. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @kspenmoll I‘m so sorry 😞 💔 2mo
BarbaraBB So sorry 😢 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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🍁 Went on a hike with a friend yesterday to enjoy the last of the fall foliage. We had such a great time together!

📚 When I‘m at a really exciting part, or close to the end of a book, and my reading time gets interrupted.

#thoughtfulthursday

Amiable Isn‘t this book amazing? So well written. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable it is very good, and so well researched. And he quotes another book I like on the subject 2mo
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft Agreed -- “Dreamland“ was excellent as well.
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MoonWitch94 I love looking at the fall colors 🍁 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 2mo
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This was a fun puzzle to work on while listening to the first third of the tagged book! #audiopuzzling

Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 2mo
Kimberlone What a lovely puzzle! 2mo
Crazeedi I just saved a podcast with this author to listen to! 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Crazeedi oooh! What‘s the name of the podcast? 2mo
EvieBee Lovely puzzle and what an amazing book so far, right?! 2mo
Crazeedi @4thhouseontheleft its Gad Saads podcast 2mo
batsy So pretty! 2mo
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I didn‘t even make it past the dedication, “and for all those who have lost someone to the crisis” without 😢😢.

I‘ve been really wanting to read this. Anyone read it who has lost a friend or family member to the opiate epidemic? How hard of a read was it for you? Can‘t help but think of my birth mother, and my sister‘s significant other every time I try to approach this book.

Lindy 💔 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Sackler story is a fascinating - immigrants to pharmaceutical legends, in just three generations. They changed the medical marketing game, and had part in the development of several drugs including OxyContin. With great power, there must also come great responsibility, right? Great egos, more like. Great focus on wealth and to hell with ethics? Yep. This was far more detail that I needed, but well-written and thoroughly researched.

Cinfhen This was excellent!!! Really well researched and such a story!! Amazing how they took a good name and just destroyed their legacy with greed 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen It‘s really sad and frustrating because they had done a lot of good, too. Now, they are a stain. 2mo
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I‘m a professional procrastinator! 😅🎧🎃🖌 #audiomultitasking

Can anyone guess the book cover just by the first (hot mess) layer??

LauraBrook Slaughterhouse Five? (edited) 3mo
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britt_brooke @LauraBrook Yes!! You‘re good! ♥️ (edited) 3mo
britt_brooke @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Good guess! It is a skull and crossbones, but a different book. 3mo
Cinfhen Hi!!! I have a little some thing I wanted to send for your birthday - do u mind sharing your address with me ?? You can email me at cindyh666 at icloud dot com xx 3mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen You are so kind - thank you! 🥰 3mo
Cinfhen My pleasure 😇 xx 3mo
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This book was absolutely fascinating and infuriating at the same time. Anyone interested in the opioid epidemic should read this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

EvieBee It consumed me last week! 3mo
EKonrad @EvieBee Me too! I was initially intimidated by the length but it kept me captivated the whole time. 3mo
EvieBee Same! 3mo
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EvieBee
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Wow! These people actually exist. They‘re not caricatures. A great work of narrative non-fiction. Now I have to read the rest of his work.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory His book Say Nothing is one of my favorites of the year. Absolutely floored me. 3mo
Suet624 I'm with @vivastory about Say Nothing. It's an amazing book. I read Empire of Pain simply because it was written by this author. The Sackler family is horrid and I have to say that Mark Zuckerberg seems to have copied their business model. 3mo
EvieBee @vivastory @Suet624 That‘s exactly what I had my eye on! I need a quick breather before I jump in. I‘ve heard it‘s pulse pounding. 3mo
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This is a monster of a book: three generations of well researched, expertly told in narrative nonfiction as only Keefe can. Showing how the intertwining companies set up the Sackler fortunes in OxyContin, the family dynamics, and pharmaceuticals, Keefe kept all of these topics moving. It‘s disturbing as only insatiable greed can be.

SamAnne So good. One of my best reads this year. 3mo
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That‘s a wrap! 13 books finished, one DNF (my #Doublespin), and two bingos. Didn‘t get my #Bookspin. Some notables:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Empire of Pain

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Bourdain
We Are the Weather
A Man Called Ove
Greenlights
Less
His Very Best
If the Shoe Fits

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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What a spot on my #audiorun today! And what an excellent listen - it‘s so engaging and I can‘t put it down. This is my very favorite kind of nonfiction.

SamAnne It is so good. And what a view! 4mo
TrishB Beautiful pic ❤️ 4mo
Amiable This was such a good book! I agree. 4mo
fredthemoose I just binged it in 2 days because I couldn‘t turn it off! I even went looking for chores to do yesterday so I could keep listening. 4mo
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was so good. Fascinating and well written. Such an impressive book. Highly recommend.

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fredthemoose
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This is really good. Started it last night and I‘ve listened every possible minute all day today.

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Abailliekaras
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Excellent. So well-written and engaging, it turns the history of pharmaceuticals, medical advertising and the Sackler family into a great story. There is narrative tension as it moves towards the current-day claims against Purdue, & characters behaving badly (also failures of FDA & American legal system). I liked the intersection of history, pharma, law, journalism & philanthropy. Depressing & so frustrating to see the Sacklers get away with it.

SamAnne I will read whatever Patrick Keefe writes what ever the topic. Loved Say Nothing and couldn‘t put this one down. 4mo
kspenmoll @SamAnne In total agreement!!! 4mo
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Scochrane26

https://apple.news/AgiSEO8DARfKO6Qdt9RJcNw. An update on the Sackler family & Purdue Pharma.

Chrissyreadit It just makes me sick. 4mo
SamAnne Good God. I read this earlier today. So infuriating. 4mo
PaperbackPirate 🤬 Remember they ran commercials when they first came out how their painkiller was special because it wasn‘t addictive? 4mo
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SamAnne
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Another 5 star nonfiction read from Patrick Radden Keefe about the Sackler family‘s role in the opioid crisis and their efforts to avoid a criminal reckoning. At least their name has been stripped from art galleries, museums and universities. And more than 10 hours in for #20in4 Now on to Crying in H Mart for my audio as as do yard chores. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 5mo
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Making spicy ginger peach chutney is a meditative activity as I listen to this excellent book on the Sackler family & the opioid crisis. Even for a cynic, the family‘s refusal to take any responsibility for hurting millions of people combined w/ their ruthless business practices & determination to continue making profits from the destruction of people is stunning. I‘m more than 6 hours in for #20in4 readathon. @Andrew65 #audiocanning

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 5mo
Leftcoastzen Well written and infuriating! Beautiful photo! 5mo
kspenmoll This was my favorite book of the year. Loved hearing the author narrate. 5mo
CarolynM Those peaches look delicious😋 5mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Fabulous book! Also absolutely pissed me off multiple times!

peaknit Oh this would be tough. Grrr for sure! 5mo
SamAnne I‘m about 2/3 through and agree!!! So well written. 5mo
Leftcoastzen Feel exactly the same way! 5mo
MallenNC I really want to read this but I need to be in the mood to be mad. 5mo
JenReadsAlot @MallenNC Oh it will make you mad that's for sure! 5mo
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Great book! Detailed and well written so that it almost reads like a novel as it chronicles the story behind OxyContin and how the prominent Sackler family helped create the opioid epidemic through their avarice and selfishness.

SamAnne I am reading and listening to this one right now and it is so engrossing. The family, the underbelly of the art/museum world, the genesis of drug advertising, the opioid crisis, etc. 5mo
Suet624 They were relentless! I really enjoyed this author‘s other book too 5mo
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Absolutely loving Patrick Radden Keefe‘s dive into the history and present of the Sackler family starting in the 30s. This family invented drug advertising, thorozine, Valium, and of course gave us today‘s opioid crisis. Highly recommend. One of the best non-fiction writers.

Leftcoastzen He is an incredible writer! I loved this book, what a story . That family !😡 5mo
Christine Yes! This was so good. 5mo
SamAnne @Leftcoastzen @Christine I absolutely loved Say Nothing and want to read everything by him! Fascinating family and individuals. (edited) 5mo
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Suet624
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Focusing on the Sackler lineage, this tells the story of a family who perfected the art of marketing their product and making billions. The practice began well before developing OxyContin but with that product they hit the motherlode. Unapologetic and unrelenting, the family seems to always find a way to keep their money and stay out of jail. Well researched and very detailed, it took time to get through this.

AmyG I am reading this now....have had to put down a bunch of times to read challenge books. But this family....holy cow. It‘s sad, disturbing and absolutely wild. 5mo
Suet624 @AmyG And the way they deal with the FDA and CDC! Just all around skullduggery on all fronts. Money corrupts everything. 5mo
kspenmoll Great review Sue! I never reviewed this book because it so overwhelmed me! Frank & I are watching a documentary now on Pfizer & other drug companies & oxycontin & similar drugs. 5mo
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kspenmoll I listened to it on audio read by the author. Fabulous 5mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll haha. After I finished reading it I wondered how the heck I was going to review it. The book covers a lot of ground. 🙂. How long was the audio? (edited) 5mo
Leftcoastzen Great review! It made me mad page after page. 5mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen thank you. Just amazing how determined they were. 5mo
britt_brooke Planning to get to this soon. Excellent review! 5mo
Suet624 @britt_brooke thank you. I hope you and your family are doing well. 5mo
britt_brooke @Suet624 We are - thank you! 💚 5mo
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Scochrane26
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Not sure this has been the best book to listen to on my commute, but I‘ve been able to shake off the anger before I see clients. An important book but so infuriating. I‘m always amazed that rich people never think “maybe I have too much money”. How many billions does a person need? Greed, corruption, narcissism, but sadly, the Sackler family will never take responsibility for the opioid crisis or have enough consequences. I just hope 👇

Scochrane26 all the institutions that have named something after them will take off the Sackler name. I know the atrium at The Met will never be the same for me. 5mo
JenReadsAlot I'm in the middle of this one right now and it really is pissing me off! 5mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! 5mo
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Suet624
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Reading while watching Red Sox game with the volume muted. Best of both worlds.

kspenmoll This book is incredible! Like how you multi-task! 6mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll haha. Thank you! This author is 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👍👍👍 6mo
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rabbitprincess
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Illuminating and infuriating. Fantastic job by Radden Keefe. The endnotes are meticulous and his note about the sources is worth reading too. I ended up seeking out the Last Week Tonight episode referenced in this book, which was another great piece. This is a must read.

CaramelLunacy I was fascinated by the author's Say Nothing, and I have to admit I feel conflicted when I see the Sackler name splashed across museum galleries 6mo
rabbitprincess @CaramelLunacy I hadn‘t even known about their name being all over the place! Just knew about OxyContin and the opioid crisis in general. If you found Say Nothing fascinating, you will likely get a lot out of this one too. 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Vacation day plans! #catsoflitsy

BookNAround Sweet floof! 6mo
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Suet624
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Darn you, Library. Do you think I have all day to read??? My willpower took a nap the minute I stepped into the building. We are finally free to wander about as long as we want in the stacks and I took full advantage of the time. My anticipated stack of reading material will just have to wait now. 💕💕💕😎😎😎

Reggie How exciting, Sue!! The first time I got to step back into a bookstore a couple months ago I wanted to kiss the ground. 6mo
Suet624 @Reggie it‘s truly a wonderful thing. 🥰🥰 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I had my eye on this one, but once I saw it on Obama's list... sold! #bookmail

vivastory Obama's list was a great one! Keefe's book Say Nothing floored me, looking forward to reading this one 6mo
JenReadsAlot @vivastory I own that one as well, but haven't read it yet. 6mo
Megabooks One of the best books I‘ve read this year! 6mo
JenReadsAlot @Megabooks Great to hear! 6mo
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EricSwanson
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An expose of the Sackler family‘s role in the opioid epidemic, “Empire of Pain” is a devastating look at how one family profited from other people‘s drug addictions. It‘s a complex story, but Keefe‘s in-depth reporting and crisp writing make it read like a thriller.

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