'The book is brutal. I wanted to be merely a recording consciousness,' Steinbeck said of In Dubious Battle, which aroused immense controversy when first published in 1936. It follows the fortunes of Jim Nolan, whose family has been destroyed by the system. In despair, Jim joins the Communists and becomes entangled in a strike of migrant workers which spirals out of control. This fast-paced and compelling novel is at once a brilliant observation of social and political turmoil and a moving story of a young man's struggle for identity.