Presented in partnership with Solid State Books.
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 Nothing, Patrick 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.