In the california apple country 900 migratory workers rise up in dubious battle against the landowners the group takes on a life of its own stronger than its individual members and more frightening. In dubious battle is the first of steinbecks three dust bowl novels with of mice and men and the grapes of wrath being the other two while all three books amply display steinbecks profound empathy for those who are marginalized and disenfranchised in dubious battle is arguably the more overtly political of the three books. In dubious battle is a novel by john steinbeck written in 1936the central figure of the story is an activist attempting to organize abused laborers in order to gain fair wages and working conditions. In dubious battle was written before grapes of wrath and when read you can see the later and better book taking shape nevertheless in dubious battle is definitely worth reading the situation is interesting the characters are well formed and the story is exciting. In dubious battle is monotonous in its messaging working only when it allows itself to be a character piece less tied to having something to say feb 17 2017
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