This is a classic which needs to be read by those who want to be well informed about American literature and history. It's interesting to note how this book is an accepted part of American culture today, but in its time it was very controversial. It is my understanding that Steinbeck's home town of Salinas, CA held organized book burnings of Grapes of Wrath during the 1930's. Today the City has a museum that honors his memory. How times change! Or do they? The haunting reality is that the story describes things that are very similar to what is happening today with undocumented immigrants. Perhaps a new Grapes of Wrath needs to be written that can inspire some new book burnings and ultimately change our country.