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Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe

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SKU 9781529063073 ISBN: 9781529063073
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<p><b>The inspiration behind the Netflix tv series <i>Painkillers</i>, starring Uzo Aduba and Matthew Broderick<br><br>Winner of the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction</b><br><b>One of Barack Obama&rsquo;s Favorite Books of 2021</b><br><b>Goodreads Choice Awards 2021: Winner, Memoir &amp; Autobiography</b><br><br><b><i>Empire of Pain</i> is the story of a dynasty: a parable of 21st century greed</b><br><br>One of those authors I will always read, no matter what the subject matter, which is why I gobbled up <i>Empire of Pain . . .</i> a masterclass in compelling narrative nonfiction. &ndash; Elizabeth Day, <i>The </i><i>Guardian </i>30 Best Summer Reads<br><br>If you haven&rsquo;t read it already, you really should. I&rsquo;ve been thinking about it nonstop ever since I finished it. &ndash; Malcolm Gladwell<br><br><b>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.</b><br><br>The Sackler family is one of the richest in the world, and their name adorns the walls of many famous institutions &ndash; Harvard; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Oxford; the Louvre. The source of the family fortune was vague, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing Oxycontin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis &ndash; an international epidemic of drug addiction which has killed nearly half a million people.<br><br>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.<br><br><b>Shortlisted for the 2021 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br><br>________________________<br><br>Praise for <i>Empire of Pain</i>:<br><br><b>More compelling, more character driven, and more capacious than any novel I have read this year. &ndash; Sara Collins</b><br><br><b>It&rsquo;s superbly written, exhaustively researched, full of fierce moral resolve, jaw-droppingly revealing, and above all propulsively readable. More than a match for any novel, and I think a future classic. &ndash; Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor, <i>The </i><i>Sunday Times</i>, chair of the Baillie Gifford judges, 2022 </b><br><br><b>Jaw-dropping . . . Beggars belief &ndash; <i>The</i> <i>Sunday Times</i><br><br>You feel almost guilty for enjoying it so much &ndash; <i>The Times</i><br><br>A page-turner with a villainous family to rival the Roys in Succession, and one where every chapter ends with the perfect bombshell - <i>Esquire</i><br><br>This is unflinching reporting of a story that will grip and disturb you. &ndash; <i>Evening Standard</i><br><br>A chilling and mesmerizing read, &ldquo;substantially built on the family&rsquo;s own words&rdquo;. Which is what makes it so damning. &ndash; <i>The</i> <i>Observer</i><br><br>He [Patrick Radden Keefe] adopts a calmly astonished tone as he tells a shocking story of callousness, cover-ups and monumental greed. &ndash; <i>The</i> <i>Guardian, </i>Audiobook of the week<br><br>Magnificent &ndash; <i>The </i><i>Guardian</i><br>Damning &ndash; <i>The </i><i>Daily Mail</i><br>A tour de force &ndash; <i>The </i><i>Financial Times</i><br>Superb &ndash; <i>The </i><i>Spectator</i><br>Excellent &ndash; <i>The </i><i>Economist</i></b></p>; ; Published: 13/04/2021


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