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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty | Patrick Radden Keefe
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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 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.
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jenniferw88
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I haven't read many 5 ⭐ #letterE books this year! #alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

AllDebooks I need to read this 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I thought I had this one on my list! 2w
CaramelLunacy I just finished this one and agree - it was SO good 2w
shanaqui I've been wondering about reading this lately! It seems really interesting. 2w
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CaramelLunacy
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Infuriating, fascinating, heartbreaking.
A deep dive into the history of the Sackler family and the sources of their fortune and philanthropy - most notably the avaricious cupidity that led them to aggressively promote their opioid painkiller Oxycontin even as it led to a tidal wave of addiction, crime and death. And how they essentially dodged all actual consequences.

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anushareflects
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An absolute must read on the family that triggered the deadly opioid epidemic in the US. A brilliantly researched work which is riveting through and through. Full review on www.anushareflects.com

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nishaagni
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A very interesting and comprehensive perspective into the lives of the Sackler family; and their role as manufacturers and marketers of Opioids, which contributed to the horrible opioid crisis in the US.

The research is extensive. The author has done a fabulous job at narrating the book.

Some sections do feel a little repetitive and I do feel the book would have been even better if it was a little tighter.

But overall, a good book.

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jenniferw88
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Cortg Timely read! I might have to check it out on audio 😀 5mo
jenniferw88 @Cortg bits are difficult to read, but it's worth it in the end! 5mo
Cinfhen Great pick!!! I think you‘d really like this book @Cortg but like Jenny said, parts are hard to accept 5mo
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BarbaraBB So many prompts 👍🏽 5mo
Cortg @jenniferw88 @cinfhen Sold. I placed an audio hold on it 🙂 5mo
KarenUK Wow! Prompt slayer! 🙌🙌🙌 5mo
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AlizaApp
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Brilliantly researched and written history of the Sackler family and the rise of Purdue Pharma. Highly recommended, especially to anyone trying to get a bigger picture understanding about the causes of the opioid crisis.

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Leniverse
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#BeginsWith #Secret

Sort of? I guess strictly speaking it begins with Empire.

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Eggs Close enough! Works for me👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want to read this one! 7mo
Leniverse @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Same. I mean, I have the book so I should just get to it. 🤪 7mo
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Lizpixie
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My #6thBookOf2021 for #June is the NF about the Sackler family & their Big Pharma company, Purdue. The discoverers of Oxycodone,their immoral & greedy pushing of the pain drug onto doctors & patients is the main cause of the hysteria surrounding prescription painkillers now. Which has not only caused a lot more addicts but has also affected those of us in severe chronic pain who are slowly being denied the meds we need just to live. #12BooksOf2021

Chelsea.Poole Loved this 8mo
Andrew65 Looks good. 8mo
kspenmoll Wonderful review! 8mo
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