My Best Books for 2022


I did away with ‘top tens’ a few years ago, and instead I finish the reading year with a recap of the books that are still speaking to me (less about four and five-star ratings, more about what has stuck). Continue reading

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe

The Sacklers had given away hundreds of millions of dollars, and for decades the Sackler name had been associated in the public mind with philanthropy.

But Patrick Radden Keefe reveals the other side of the Sackler name in Empire of Pain, where he exposes (in meticulous and gripping detail) how the Sacklers were responsible for developing OxyContin, the painkiller that is described as the ‘taproot’ of the opioid epidemic. Continue reading