This talk was recorded and is available to watch below or on GIAF's Youtube Channel.
Empire of Pain; The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, by Patrick Radden Keefe, electrified readers when it appeared last year, with its incredibly well researched and beautifully written account of one American family’s creation of an opioid crisis which killed hundreds of thousands of people.
The Sacklers’ ruthless exploitation of pain and despair to increase their unbelievable profits contrasts with their desire to be known as cultural and medical philanthropists, and to have their family name adorn various august institutions. This book has put an end to at least some of that. Patrick Radden Keefe joining remotely will be interviewed by Catriona Crowe, Curator of First Thought Talks.