An exclusive discussion with Patrick Radden Keefe about his vivid, non-fiction book, "The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream." "The Snakehead" is a true crime thriller and a mesmerizing tale about the rise and fall of an unlikely international crime boss and the American immigrant saga. The story is based on Keefe's New Yorker article.
Joining Keefe is Peter Cohn, director of "Golden Venture", a film that chronicles the fate of four Chinese immigrants who arrived in New York on the Golden Venture ship in 1993. For more information visit www.goldenventuremovie.com.
Mr. Peter Cohn
Peter Cohn is a New York-based writer and film maker. â€œGolden Ventureâ€ is his second feature and his first documentary. He has written screenplays for Fox, Disney, MGM and a wide range of US and European independent producers. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Mr. Patrick Radden Keefe
Patrick Radden Keefe is a Fellow at The Century Foundation. The author of The Snakehead: The All-American Story of How a Chinatown Grandmother Built an International Smuggling Empire (Random House, 2009) and Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping (Random House, 2005), he is a frequent commentator on issues of intelligence and international security.
His areas of focus include the impact of globalization and new technologies on cross-border security threats, and the legal and ethical dimensions of intelligence and homeland security policy. He is also pursuing ongoing projects on government secrecy, congressional oversight of intelligence, and strategies of post-conflict justice.
He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University, and an M.Sc. in New Media and Information Systems from the London School of Economics. He was a Marshall Scholar and a 2003 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and he is currently a project leader at the World Policy Institute and a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.
Patrick is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and Slate, and has also contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Times Op-Ed page, the Boston Globe Ideas section, Wired, and many other publications.