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072 – Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Family (Part I)

In our first ever installment of the Heat Death of the Universe Book Club we discuss the first third of the book Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Family by Patrick Radden Keefe. The book examines the nature of this pharmaceutical dynasty and its massive, instrumental role in the US opioid epidemic. Part One focuses on the “Patriarch” of the family, Arthur Sackler, and the origins of the family's secretive business dealings and purely transactional philanthropy. 

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