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074 – Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Family (Part II)

In our second installment of the Heat Death of the Universe Book Club we discuss the middle section and second 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 Two focuses on the “Dynasty” of the family, largely represented by the strange specimen of Richard Sackler, the major pivot point of peddling Oxycontin with total moral abandon, and, of course, continuing the family's secretive and duplicitous business dealings and purely transactional philanthropic endeavors.

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