Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard audiobook

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

By Adam Shepard
Read by Peter Berkrot

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200086689

  • ISBN: 9798200086672

  • ISBN: 9798200086696

Runtime: 7.52 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

What can you get with twenty-five dollars 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 listeners, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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

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Author

Author Bio: Adam Shepard

Author Bio: Adam Shepard

Adam Shepard is a 2006 graduate of Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he majored in business management and Spanish. He has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and other outlets. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English