The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America
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"It's paced like a thriller, written like a poem, and full of vivid characters who'd enliven any novel, but it's the true story one of the largest modern-day trafficking incidents in recent history and how Saket Soni and his crew went after the powerful perpetrators. A story as important as it is riveting to read."
--Rebecca Solnit, author of Orwell's Roses
--Adam Hochschild, New York Times bestselling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Rebel Cinderella "Saket Soni's The Great Escape is a gripping, devastating, and powerfully written book, a must-read for anyone interested in the real world stakes of migration, corporate corruption, and federal law enforcement."
--Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, author of Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else) "The Great Escape is part crime caper and part epic. Soni pulls off a page-turning marvel revealing the lengths people will go for economic dignity--and the equal lengths others will go to wring profit from hope. This is a book you will never forget."
--Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life "A miracle--immensely moving, powerful, beautiful, and true. It reads like a binge-worthy thriller, told with ridiculous skill and Saket Soni's gigantic heart pounding audibly on every page."
--Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author of On Fire "I've rarely read a more engrossing tale--and a more powerful reminder that in a strained and stressed world we must embrace human solidarity above all. You will not forget this book, not for a long, long time."
--Bill McKibben, New York Times bestselling author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? "Saket Soni's The Great Escape is a revelation: into the underbelly of America's broken immigration system; into the forces of globalization that move millions of people from the poor to the rich countries without regard for their welfare; into one man's epic struggle to obtain justice for the powerless. The book has the pacing and suspense of the best fiction, but is a true story, told with empathy and humor and wisdom. The Great Escape promises to take its place in the annals of the finest narrative writing about migration."
--Suketu Mehta, author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto "An urgent book from a master storyteller. Saket hasn't just helped liberate hundreds of trafficked workers--he has also set free an equal number of magical narratives. Right till the end, this extraordinary work is as absorbing as a great novel."
--Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana: A Novel