Keefe describes three generations of the Sackler family and how they acquired their wealth and held on to it. First generation brothers, Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler all became medical doctors, were visibly philanthropic, bought pharmaceutical companies and kept quiet about how they ran their businesses. The second generation gave the world oxycontin, lied about its addictive qualities, and used marketing tactics which, unbeknown to its users, encouraged addiction. The third generation of Sacklers continued down the same immoral path as their ancestors.
The more I read Empire of Pain, the angrier I got. Patrick Radden Keefe writes an easy to read narrative, where with every chapter, the reader hopes this corrupt family will receive just punishments.