Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1939. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author to California Governor Culbert Olson. 8vo. 334 pp. Bibliography. Tan cloth with brown lettering in publisher's illustrated dustjacket. A near fine copy with light staining to spine; light fading to dustjacket spine; minor wear to extremities. "...the single finest nonfiction on California–ever..." - Kevin Starr, Embattled Dreams. Item #20410
Carey McWilliams (December 13, 1905 – June 27, 1980) was an American author, editor, and lawyer. He is best known for his writings about California politics and culture, including the condition of migrant farm workers and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. His first bestseller, Factories in the Field, appeared in 1939 and ranks among his most enduring works. Published within months of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, it examines the lives of migrant farm workers in California and condemns the politics and consequences of California agricultural land monopoly and large-scale agribusiness. Shortly before the book's publication, McWilliams accepted an offer from incoming Governor Culbert Olson to head California's Division of Immigration and Housing. Over his four-year term (1938-1942), he focused on improving agricultural working conditions and wages, but his hopes for major reform deteriorated with the advent of World War II. - wiki.