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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

Length:

4h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:50

Introduction
Introduction

00:31


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:23


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:23


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:30


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:38


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:48


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:03


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:29


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:52


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:10


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:48