Kindle Price: $7.99

Save $6.00 (43%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by [Shepard, Adam W.]
Audible Sample
Playing...
Loading...
Paused
Kindle App Ad

Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews

See all 16 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
$7.99

Length: 242 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Audible book:
Audible book
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $7.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Available
Matchbook Price: $2.99 What's this?
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.

The Washington Post Digital Access
Get unlimited access to The Washington Post’s award-winning coverage from your desktop, tablet or phone. Learn more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Don't believe the naysayers. The American dream---the fable that says if you work hard and follow the rules, you'll make it---is alive and well." ---New York Post

From the Back Cover

Adam Shepard graduated from college in the summer of 2006 feeling disillusioned by the apathy he saw around him and incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreich's famous works Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch—books that gave him a feeling of hopelessness over the state of the working class in America. Eager to see if he could make something out of nothing, he set out to prove wrong Ehrenreich's theory that those who start at the bottom stay at the bottom, and to see if the American Dream can still be a reality.

Shepard's plan was simple. Carrying only a sleeping bag, the clothes on his back, and $25 in cash, and restricted from using previous contacts or relying on his college education, he set out for a randomly selected city with one objective: 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.

But from the start, things didn't go as smoothly as Shepard had planned. Working his way up from a Charleston, South Carolina homeless shelter proved to be more difficult than he anticipated, with pressure to take low-paying, exploitive jobs from labor companies, and a job market that didn't respond with enthusiasm to homeless applicants. Shepard even began donating plasma to make fast cash. To his surprise, he found himself depending most on fellow shelter residents for inspiration and advice.

Earnest, passionate, and hard to put down, Scratch Beginnings is a story that 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 and inspiring countries in the world.


Product details

  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001H1FZWY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


Customer reviews

Rated by customers interested in
Business & Economics Books
3.6 out of 5 stars
3.6 out of 5 stars
Reference Books
3.6 out of 5 stars
3.6 out of 5 stars
Sports Books
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5 out of 5 stars

Top customer reviews

January 16, 2013
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
December 22, 2013
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
January 24, 2013
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
April 8, 2014
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
June 22, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?