Empire of pain

Baroque private lives, bitter defense battles, Machiavellian maneuvering in courtrooms, corruption - the great, disturbing portrait of the Sackler family, who let themselves be celebrated as philanthropists, whose fortune was created by Valium and who triggered the opioid crisis in the USA with the invention of the drug OxyContin. And plunged millions of people worldwide into addiction. A narrative masterpiece, extensively researched and with a chillingly compelling argument.

Patrick Radden Keefe, born in 1976, is an award-winning investigative journalist for The New Yorker magazine. He studied at Columbia University, Yale Law School, Cambridge University, and the London School of Economics. His books are bestsellers and have won numerous awards. Keefe lives with his family in New York.

Language: English

In the framework of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg

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Date: 23.10.2022

Time: 17:00


How a family dynasty sparked the global opioid crisis

Patrick Radden Keefe