Conning Harvard: The True Story of the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League [NOOK Book]

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In 2011 a 24-year-old man pled guilty to falsifying his application to Harvard University, bilking the world’s most prestigious university out of more than $45,000 in prizes and scholarships. Using forged SAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, Adam Wheeler outsmarted Harvard's admissions office and then went even further. Once accepted into the Ivy League he kept lying, cheating, and succeeding, winning thousands of dollars in prizes and grants. But then he shot too far. During his senior year,...
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Conning Harvard: The True Story of the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League

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Overview



In 2011 a 24-year-old man pled guilty to falsifying his application to Harvard University, bilking the world’s most prestigious university out of more than $45,000 in prizes and scholarships. Using forged SAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, Adam Wheeler outsmarted Harvard's admissions office and then went even further. Once accepted into the Ivy League he kept lying, cheating, and succeeding, winning thousands of dollars in prizes and grants. But then he shot too far. During his senior year, Wheeler applied for Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, a gamble that finally exposed his extensive tangle of lies. Alerted that he was under suspicion, Wheeler fled Harvard but did not stop. He successfully filed more fraudulent applications at top-tier schools across the country, until some vigilant admissions officers, Massachusetts police, and even his own parents forced him off his computer and into court. As reporters for The Harvard Crimson, Julie Zauzmer and Xi Yu covered the case from the moment the news of Wheeler’s indictment broke. In the course of their reporting, they interviewed dozens of friends, roommates, teachers, and advisors who knew Wheeler at the many phases of his suspect academic career. Their fascinating account reveals how one serial scammer took on the competitive world of the Ivy League—and almost won. 
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"Conning Harvard proves that what I did over 40 years ago is 4,000 times easier to do today due to technology.  Technology breeds crime and makes replicating documents and falsifying paper child's play.  This, added with the fact that we live in an extremely unethical society that doesn't teach ethics at home and doesn't teach ethics at school because the teacher would be accused of teaching morality, has brought us today to a country full of Adam Wheelers.  For those that are naive, a must read." 

                                                   --Frank W. Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can

". . . the bizarre nature of the case is hook enough." --Publishers Weekly
 

Zauzmer's well-researched book is practically a how-to guide for scamming a college admissions process…To report on the extent of Wheeler's fraud, Zauzmer scrutinizes the college admissions system even more carefully than her subject did... --Philadelphia Inquirer

The startling revelations about Wheeler’s exploits accumulate so quickly in Julie Zauzmer’s ripping 'Conning Harvard' that at times this meticulously reported nonfiction narrative reads like a potboiler."   

                                                                                         -The Washington Post

 "A handbook for teens on how not to get into Harvard--and, perhaps, a reminder that Harvard isn't infallible."                                                                                       --Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762787425
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 462,125
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Julie Zauzmer is a Harvard University senior who began covering the Adam Wheeler story for The Harvard Crimson in 2010. She is currently the managing editor of The Harvard Crimson and will graduate from Harvard in May 2013.

 

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