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Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, The Con Artist Who Faked His Way Into The… (edição: 2012)

de Julie Zauzmer (Autor)

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In a Massachusetts court last year, a 24-year-old man pled guilty to falsifying his application to Harvard, thereby bilking the world’s most prestigious university out of more than $45,000 in prizes and scholarships and cheating an honest applicant out of an Ivy League diploma. Using forged SAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, Wheeler outsmarted Harvard's admissions office. Once accepted to Harvard, he kept lying, cheating, and succeeding, winning thousands of dollars in prizes and grants. But then he shot too far. During his senior year at Harvard, Wheeler applied for nomination to the illustrious 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 scamming universities. 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 forThe 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 fast-paced and competitive world of the Ivy League—and almost won. … (mais)
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Título:Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, The Con Artist Who Faked His Way Into The Ivy League
Autores:Julie Zauzmer (Autor)
Informação:Lyons Press (2012), Edition: Advance Reading Copy Paperback, 240 pages
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I honestly don't know who to resent more, the kid who did this or Harvard for not checking the applications claims and letting this happen. Adam doesn't get into any real trouble until Chapter 6, which is super annoying and he basically runs away like a coward when they try to confront him. Overall the book was interesting and I learned a lot of new words, which is a plus. ( )
  MedusaMedusaMedusa | Aug 12, 2019 |
This was a quick read. I agree with other reviewers who mentioned it would have been nice to get Wheeler's perspective. His voice would have added a lot to the tale.
I can't believe this is a true story. ( )
  Jewel.Barnett | Sep 6, 2017 |
A rather interesting book that at times gets bogged down in the recitation and review of the length Adam Wheeler went in perpetrating his fraud on several institutions of higher education, most notably Harvard. I would have preferred more about Adam the man, but his reclusive tendencies probably did not offer much more to look at.

Yes his conduct was certainly criminal in the fraud and deceit and he was eventually punished with equal measure, but I could not escape the presence of the giant elephant looming in the background, Harvard University. It is true they have many thousands of applications to review each year to enter their hallowed academic environs. Yet this great institution of most learned scholars at the very pinnacle were entirely duped, caught up in their own hubris and romance of seeming brilliance and accomplishment. And their outrage at being duped and financially taken advantage of for around $40k or so was somewhat amusing. The court ordered restitution. The richest educational institution that controls and endowment of around $30 billion, that's billion with a B. How dare they be embarrassed this way, caught with their pants down for all the world to see. ( )
  knightlight777 | Apr 6, 2013 |
I found the premise to be fascinating. I have often wondered how hard it would be to do this sort of thing just as a scientific experiment. I would say that it was amazing that he wasn't caught sooner but with the volume of applications Harvard and other schools receive then people are not going to read thoroughly.

I can't help thinking that if he had been a little bit less of a pretentious ass about the whole thing he probably would have gotten away with it and graduated without being caught. ( )
  matamgirl | Apr 3, 2013 |
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In a Massachusetts court last year, a 24-year-old man pled guilty to falsifying his application to Harvard, thereby bilking the world’s most prestigious university out of more than $45,000 in prizes and scholarships and cheating an honest applicant out of an Ivy League diploma. Using forged SAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, Wheeler outsmarted Harvard's admissions office. Once accepted to Harvard, he kept lying, cheating, and succeeding, winning thousands of dollars in prizes and grants. But then he shot too far. During his senior year at Harvard, Wheeler applied for nomination to the illustrious 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 scamming universities. 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 forThe 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 fast-paced and competitive world of the Ivy League—and almost won. 

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