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.