“DON’T think the naysayers. the yank Dream—the fantasy that says when you work flat out and stick with the principles, you’ll make it—is alive and well.”
New York Post


Adam W. Shepard’s Scratch Beginnings is the interesting and eye-opening account of the grand social scan the writer undertook based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. Subtitled “Me, $25, and the hunt for the yank Dream,” Scratch Beginnings chronicles Shepard’s winning efforts to elevate himself up from self-imposed all-time low in a single year’s time—a own odyssey that's absolute to encourage somebody who reads approximately it, instilling new religion within the stable rules on which our democracy used to be built.

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