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Patrick Radden Keefe

Writer and journalist

Patrick Radden Keefe is one of the leading figures in contemporary investigative journalism and one of the strongest literary non-fiction writers of his generation. He studied at Columbia University and earned advanced degrees from Cambridge University, the London School of Economics and Yale Law School. A writer for the New Yorker since 2006, he has researched and written non-fiction articles and books on issues related to the world of drug trafficking, such as the capture of the drug lord “El Chapo” Guzmán, and international conflicts like the one in Northern Ireland with his book Say Nothing (Doubleday 2019). The book won him the Orwell Prize for Political Writing in 2019 and has become a point of reference on the conflict. Patrick Radden Keefe is also the author of The Snakehead (Doubleday 2009) and Chatter (Random House 2005). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, Slate and the New York Review of Books, among other publications. In 2014 he won the National Magazine Award for Reporting for the article “A Loaded Gun” and was a finalist for the same award in 2015 and 2016. His latest book is Empire of Pain (Periscopi and Reservoir Books 2021), an account of the Sackler dynasty, owners of the family pharmaceutical company that created the drug that fuelled the opioid crisis in the United States.

Update: 7 September 2021

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