The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Trapped by the changing economics of their times, the Joads (and hundreds of thousands of others) are forced off their land and travel to California with the promise of jobs, land, and prosperity. The trip is hard and the reality they find in California is far from the "promised land". Not much for me to say that isn't said over and over on other pages, reviews, text books. An excellent book to learn about how the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the shift of America from an agricultural nation to a manufacturing nation affected the lowest of classes.