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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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Adam Wheeler's plan was as audacious as it was illegal: He gained admission to Harvardthrough fraud. While countless students dreaming of an Ivy League education compete honestly,Wheeler resorted to faking SAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Andafter he enrolled at Harvard, Wheeler plagiarized his classwork and bilked the university out ofthousands of dollars in prizes and grants. But then he shot too far. He applied for nomination to the illustrious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, and that...
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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

Adam Wheeler's plan was as audacious as it was illegal: He gained admission to Harvardthrough fraud. While countless students dreaming of an Ivy League education compete honestly,Wheeler resorted to faking SAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Andafter he enrolled at Harvard, Wheeler plagiarized his classwork and bilked the university out ofthousands of dollars in prizes and grants. But then he shot too far. He applied for nomination to the illustrious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, and that gamble finally exposed his academic fraud. Alerted that he was under suspicion, Wheeler fled Harvard but did not stop trying to scam universities. He filed more phony applications to top-tier schools until vigilant college administrators and eventually the police forced him off his computer and into court, thereby bringing to light his astonishing tangle of lies. As a reporter for The Harvard Crimson, Julie Zauzmer covered the case from the momentthe news of Wheeler's indictment broke. She interviewed dozens of friends and teachers whoknew Wheeler throughout his suspect academic career and dug through records to expose evenmore instances of deception. This fascinating account reveals how one plagiarist took on the IvyLeague—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: 9780762786763
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,456,157
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie M. Zauzmer is a Harvard College senior who began covering the Wheeler story as a beat reporter on The Harvard Crimson two years ago. She is currently the managing editor of The Crimson. As an aspiring journalist from Pennsylvania, Julie has served as an intern at the daily newspaper The Philadelphia Bulletin and at Philly.com, the website of Philadelphia's two most prominent newspapers. During the year 2008, she created and recorded a weekly podcast called 52 Ways to Change the World!, which shared fun, quick, and easy ways for listeners to make a difference in daily life. Her podcast, which remains available on iTunes and at www.52ways.org, has currently been downloaded over 50,000 times.
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