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The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America – Author Talk with Saket Soni | New Labor Book Series

March 6, 2023 at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm PST

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Join us for our next in the author talk series, a discussion with Saket Soni about his memoir, The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America. Weaving a deeply personal journey with a riveting tale of 21st-century forced labor, the book takes us into the hidden lives of the foreign workers the US increasingly relies on for cheap skilled labor to rebuild after climate disasters. We will talk to Saket about his first hand experiences with one of the largest human trafficking cases in modern American history—and how he and the workers he fought with sought justice.

About Saket Soni

Saket Soni’s writings have appeared in the L.A. Times, in the Nation, and other publications. And he is an experienced speaker nationally. Past engagements have included major foundation boards, the United Nations, the Council on Foundations, and progressive gatherings convened by leading organizations such as the Aspen Institute, the Economic Policy Institute, and the Center for American Progress.

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Praise for The Great Escape

“An eye-opening look at the world of global itinerant workers who spend years away from home to support their families, The Great Escape is a must-read for anyone organizing a union drive across cultural or racial lines.”

— Farah Stockman, The New York Times Book Review

“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 of 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

“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


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March 6, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm PST
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