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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.
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 6 days ago by Derrick Barychovac
Great social experiment, but the narrative fell short of my expectations and the conclusions seemed like an after thought.Published 1 month 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 4 months ago by That guy..Today.
I listened to the audio book of this after Dave Ramsey recommended it on his site. I found it really insightful, inspiring and humbling. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jasonstuff
Very good so far I brought it for school I have not finished it yet but so far. So goodPublished 5 months ago by KATRINA
Great response to Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed.
A good, hard look at what it takes to make it in the Land of Opportunity. Dreams do come true... Read more
When the author cites as his inspiration Barbara Ehrenreich's works... I had the feeling I was not going to enjoy the book.
It was good. It was a good book. Read more