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Reads like a mashup of The Godfather and Chinatown, complete with gun battles, a ruthless kingpin... Read More

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Reads like a mashup of The Godfather and Chinatown, complete with gun battles, a ruthless kingpin and a mountain of cash. Except that it's all true.Essential reading. . . . A rich, beautifully told story, so suspenseful and with so many unexpected twists that in places it reads like a John le Carr̩ novel.A powerful piece of reportage about the violent underworld of New York‰۪s ChinatownA masterwork . . . In this single tale about a global criminal, Keefe finds a story of quintessentially American hope.Painstakingly reported and vividly told. . . . As immigration reform languishes in Washington . . . everyone involved--from policymakers to activists to the undocumented--would be wise to read The Snakehead.Published in the UK for the first time, Patrick Radden Keefe‰۪s tireless investigation of human trafficking from China to the US reveals the desperation of the migrants and the woman at the heart of itA formidably well-researched book that is as much a paean to its author's industriousness as it is a chronicle of crime.Bracing, vivid . . . Keefe writes gracefully, perceptively, insightfully . . . Without sacrificing one iota of narrative momentum, he untangles a dauntingly complicated human-trafficking operation so a reader can effortlessly follow along.Thoroughly researched and creatively drawn (some scenes are highly dramatic and vivid) by the New Yorker writer, [The Snakehead] is ultimately about the risks these refugees took to play their part in the enduring, grand narrative theme of the American Dream.Brilliant . . . Keefe‰۪s mastery of this chapter of our ongoing immigration saga is impressive. He muses thoughtfully about its many conundrums and highlights how our ethos of welcoming the persecuted gets soured by bad policy and the pervasive exploitation of the helpless.Engrossing. . . . Keefe‰۪s narrative delves deeply into Chinatown and the labyrinthine smuggling routes between China and America, but it‰۪s also a glimpse into our conflicted feelings about illegals and the morass of America‰۪s immigration policy.A timely, powerful and thoroughly researched book.The sweeping history of the American dream, Manhattan‰۪s Chinatown underbelly, and the grandma mastermind behind one of the largest human smuggling rings.

‰Û÷Reads like a mashup of The Godfather and Chinatown, complete with gun battles, a ruthless kingpin and a mountain of cash. Except that it‰۪s all true.‰۪ ‰ÛÒ Time

In this thrilling panorama of real-life events, the bestselling author of Empire of Pain investigates a secret world run by a surprising criminal: a charismatic middle-aged grandmother, who from a tiny noodle shop in New York‰۪s Chinatown, managed a multimillion-dollar business smuggling people.

In The Snakehead, Patrick Radden Keefe reveals the inner workings of Cheng Chui Ping aka Sister Ping‰۪s complex empire and recounts the decade-long FBI investigation that eventually brought her down. He follows an often incompetent and sometimes corrupt INS as it pursues desperate immigrants risking everything to come to America, and along the way he paints a stunning portrait of a generation of undocumented immigrants and the intricate underground economy that sustains and exploits them.

Grand in scope yet propulsive in narrative force, The Snakehead is both a kaleidoscopic crime story and a brilliant exploration of the ironies of immigration in America.

‰Û÷A powerful piece of reportage about the violent underworld of New York‰۪s Chinatown‰۪ - The Times

Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the international bestsellers Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction), Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (winner of the Orwell Prize), and Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels, and Crooks. He is also the writer and host of the eight-part podcast Wind of Change, about the strange convergence of Cold War espionage and heavy metal music, which The Guardian named the #1 podcast of 2020. He grew up in Boston and now lives in New York.

Product Details

Title: TheSnakehead
Author: Patrick Radden Keefe
SKU: BK0473888
EAN: 9781529099881
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty (winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction), Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, as well as two previous critically-acclaimed books, The Snakehead, and Chatter. He is the writer and host of the eight-part podcast Wind of Change on the origins of the Scorpions’ power ballad, which The Guardian named the #1 podcast of 2020. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2015 and 2016, and also received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He grew up in Boston and now lives in New York.

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