American journalist Patrick Radden Keefe wrote The Painkiller Empire, the appalling story of the family that spearheaded the opioid crisis in the United States. The book will be released in the Netherlands on September 21 and Keefe will be giving the Gerard van Westerloo talk in Amsterdam on September 27. A pre-publication of the prologue.
The headquarters of the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City occupy ten floors of a slender black office tower in a forest of skyscrapers in the heart of Manhattan. Founded in 1931 by a few aristocratic lawyers who had parted ways with a well-established Wall Street office, Debevoise quickly gained prestige and within decades became an international giant with 800 lawyers, a long list of prominent clients and an annual turnover of nearly one billion dollars. Manhattan offices no longer recall the oak and exclusive leather atmosphere of the early years; they’re furnished in the same salt-free style as most commercial buildings today: carpeted hallways, glass-walled meeting rooms, and standing desks. In the twentieth century, power was displayed; in the present century, you recognize power precisely by the effort that goes into hiding it.
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