Focuses on the theme of success and what motivates men towards it. This book introduces the hero, Ethan Allen Hawley, who characterizes success in every era and in various forms as robbery, murder, even a kind of combat, operating under 'the laws of controlled savagery'.
John Steinbeck (1902-68) is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.