Patrick Radden Keefe, Empire of Pain

The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

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Derreck Johnson

Date: April 22, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

Location: Zoom

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 NothingPatrick Radden Keefe.

Empire of Pain is a masterpiece of narrative reporting and writing, exhaustively documented and ferociously compelling. It is a portrait of the excesses of America’s 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 world’s great fortunes.

Join New America’s Fellows Program and Future Tense for a conversation with Patrick Radden Keefe, Class of 2017 and, and Rachel Aviv, Class of 2019, about this saga of a single family and the mark they would leave on the world.

Follow the conversation online using #EmpireofPain and following @NAFellows and @FutureTenseNow.


Patrick Radden Keefe, @praddenkeefe
2017 Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, New America
Author, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Rachel Aviv, @RachelAviv
2019 Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, New America
Staff Writer, the New Yorker

Copies of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty are available for purchase here through our bookselling partner Solid State Books.

This event is a partnership with Solid State Books and Future Tense.