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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.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I will not go into the things already stated. People have made great points about his mental health and upbringing giving him a good advantage among the poor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anthony Blackburn
I was forced to read this book. It was garbage. Leaving it at thatPublished 2 months ago by James Coleman
Fantastic Book. Should be required reading for all high schoolers. The author began the project as a social experiment but it became so much more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marylou Tape-lin
What I liked: Adam does a good job of describing the work of finding work, of finding housing and of navigating workplace issues. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pimpernel Sandybanks
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 4 months ago by RealGreen
not very well written book about a young man's voluntary experiences in the lower part of american society.Published 5 months ago by G. Aladro