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In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
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May 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: classic, lit-and-fiction, rec-d-as-a-rabck, historical-fiction
Read in November, 2012

A gritty tale of two Communist party members who incite strikes in underpaid, poorly treated migrant workers. They show up in the Targus Valley, an apple growers valley, owned by a handful of landowners. Migrants there were told that they'd be paid one amount, when they arrived they were told that amount would be substantially reduced. Bait and switch at its best.

The book is very different from some of his other works in that the narrative plays out mostly through dialog. While the events are noteworthy, historical and relevant, sadly, to 2012 labor issues, it was not my favorite Steinbeck.

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