Empire of Pain, Patrick Radden Keefe

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This is a deeply researched, riveting, and devastating account of the Sackler pharmaceutical dynasty, from the first generation of three brothers followed by their children and grandchildren. Over decades, family members engaged in the aggressive marketing of drugs, culminating in the promotion of oxycontin, which fostered the opioid crisis. Patrick Radden Keefe, a staff writer for The New Yorker, draws on a trove of court documents and other material in portraying the Sacklers as consumed by greed and indifferent to the suffering they wrought. As much as the family maneuvered to evade accountability, Keefe leaves little doubt they knew what was going on at their company

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$32.50
ISBN: 9780385545686
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Published: Doubleday - April 13th, 2021

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