In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
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This 1936 novel—set in the California apple country—portrays a strike by migrant workers that metamorphoses from principled defiance into blind fanaticism.


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No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.
Published May 30, 2006 by Penguin Classic. 302 pages
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Halfway through the novel, the most eccentric character, Doc Burton (a man who tends the strike wounded even though he is not a communist sympathizer) speaks at length regarding the nature of “group-men”, or a mob – as well as his motivations for serving the striking labourers.

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