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What can you get with $25 and a dream?
Adam Shepard graduated from college feeling disillusioned by the apathy around him and was then incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreich's famous work Nickel and Dimed—a book that gave him a feeling of hopelessness about the working class in America. He set out to disprove Ehrenreich's theory—the notion that those who start at the bottom stay at the bottom—by making something out of nothing to achieve the American Dream.
Shepard's plan was simple. With a sleeping bag, the clothes on his back, and $25 in cash, and restricted from using his contacts or college education, he headed out for Charleston, South Carolina, a randomly selected city with one objective: to work his way out of homelessness and into a life that would give him the opportunity for success. His goal was to have, after one year, $2,500, a working automobile, and a furnished apartment.
Scratch Beginnings is the earnest and passionate account of Shepard's struggle to overcome the pressures placed on the homeless. His story will not only inspire readers but will also remind them that success can come to anyone who is willing to work hard—and that America is still one of the most hopeful countries in the world.
First, I really believe this book is a fake account, but assuming it is real, he's lucky that he didn't get beaten, raped and robbed living under a tarp. Read morePublished 2 days ago by RealGreen
not very well written book about a young man's voluntary experiences in the lower part of american society.Published 13 days ago by G. Aladro
This book is a must read for everyone from recent high school graduates to retirees. It puts the American Dream back into perspective. Read morePublished 29 days ago by William Hunter
This book starts out with a very interesting premise: a guy with limited real-life experience starts with nothing and attempts to claw his way out of homelessness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Plank
This book is based on a lie.
He pretends to be homeless, and thus uses up people's time and the shelter's resources for no real need. Read more
I'm a slow reader. It took me a year to finish reading this book, but that's notwithstanding. I bought this book when I was homeless for the 3rd time in my life and it was 1 of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Derrick Barychovac
Great social experiment, but the narrative fell short of my expectations and the conclusions seemed like an after thought.Published 4 months ago by Patricia L. Rice
The working class is dead? Its an interesting question once you think about it. As a high school sociology teacher this is the book that is required reading for the class. Read morePublished 7 months ago by That guy..Today.