The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America

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About the Author

Saket Soni is the founder and director of Resilience Force, a national nonprofit that advocates for the rising workforce that rebuilds after climate disasters. He was profiled as an "architect of the next labor movement" in USA Today, and his work was the subject of a November 2021 New Yorker feature story (in the magazine and the New Yorker Radio Hour), in which the author called him "truly one of the most interesting people I have ever met in my life." He has testified before Congress on issues of immigration and labor rights. Originally from New Delhi, Soni lives in Washington, DC.


"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

"One of this country's most remarkable activists is also an extraordinary writer. From the very first moment of this world-spanning story Saket Soni has you in his grip. The Great Escape makes you feel astonishment, compassion, anger, and, at the end, something rare these days--hope."
--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