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Thursday, October 27, 2016

In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

In the November issue WIRED magazine President Obama names ten books that shaped him. Of those, Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle is the only work of fiction.

John Steinbeck's fast-paced novel of social unrest and the story of a young man's struggle for identity, In Dubious Battle, is set in California apple country. A strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control and principled defiance turns into blind fanaticism.

Steinbeck's novel was adapted into a film in 2016; directed by, produced by, and starring James Franco, with a screenplay by Matt Rager, the film also features Selena Gomez and Josh Hutcherson.

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