Scratch Beginnings

Scratch Beginnings

Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream

Book - 2008
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Recounts the experiences of the author, a college graduate, as he spends one year living as a homeless person and learns valuable lessons about what it takes to break out of the cycle of poverty in the United States.


“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


Adam W. Shepard’s Scratch Beginnings is the fascinating and eye-opening account of the grand social experiment the author undertook in response to Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. Subtitled “Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream,” Scratch Beginnings chronicles Shepard’s successful efforts to raise himself up from self-imposed rock bottom in one year’s time—a personal odyssey that is sure to inspire anyone who reads about it, instilling new faith in the solid principles on which our democracy was built.

Publisher: New York : Collins, c2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061714368
Branch Call Number: 362.5092 Sh471s 2008
Characteristics: xvi, 221 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 10, 2014

What an idiotic book, no doubt the ultimate fantasy of the ultimate neocon! This guy is so clueless, he couldn't tell his posterior from a sewage exit pipe. He does offer several intelligent suggestions at the end of the book for improving society, but he will forever remain clueless as to why they haven't been, nor will ever be, implemented [barring a radical revolution, of course]. And an obvious American Exceptionalist, pro-war type, rah rah rah! It is not surprising his daddy is an MBA. [Compare this book to James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me.]


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