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The Snakehead - An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream-logo

The Snakehead - An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream

Patrick Radden Keefe

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A mesmerizing narrative about the rise and fall of an unlikely international crime boss In the 1980s, a wave of Chinese from Fujian province began arriving in America. Like other immigrant groups before them, they showed up with little money but with an intense work ethic and an unshakeable belief in the promise of the United States. Many of them lived in a world outside the law, working in a shadow economy overseen by the ruthless gangs that ruled the narrow streets of New York's Chinatown. The figure who came to dominate this Chinese underworld was a middle-aged grandmother known as Sister Ping. Her path to the American dream began with an unusual business run out of a tiny noodle store on Hester Street. From her perch above the shop, Sister Ping ran a full-service underground bank for illegal Chinese immigrants. But her real business-a business that earned an estimated $40 million-was smuggling people. As a "snakehead," she built a complex-and often vicious-global conglomerate, relying heavily on familial ties, and employing one of Chinatown's most violent gangs to protect her power and profits. Like an underworld CEO, Sister Ping created an intricate smuggling network that stretched from Fujian Province to Hong Kong to Burma to Thailand to Kenya to Guatemala to Mexico. Her ingenuity and drive were awe-inspiring both to the Chinatown community-where she was revered as a homegrown Don Corleone-and to the law enforcement officials who could never quite catch her. Indeed, Sister Ping's empire only came to light in 1993 when the Golden Venture, a ship loaded with 300 undocumented immigrants, ran aground off a Queens beach. It took New York's fabled "Jade Squad" and the FBI nearly ten years to untangle the criminal network and home in on its unusual mastermind. THE SNAKEHEAD is a panoramic tale of international intrigue and a dramatic portrait of the underground economy in which America's twelve million illegal immigrants live. Based on hundreds of interviews, Patrick Radden Keefe's sweeping narrative tells th

Language:

English

Narrators:

Feodor Chin

Length:

13h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:56


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:17


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:34


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:16


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:47


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:09


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:52


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:38


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:34


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:35


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:46


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:52


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:15


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:08


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:09


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:45


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:56


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:33


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:35


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:10


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:59


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:29


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:22


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:07


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:12


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:15


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:48


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:54


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

00:27