Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked


Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League [Read] ➶ Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League ➳ Julie Zauzmer – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The story of Adam Wheeler s lie filled path into Harvard, his compulsive conning of grant and scholarship boards after enrolling, and the eventual discovery of his fraudulent past The Adam Wheeler, the Con PDF \ story of Adam Wheeler, Kindle Ï Adam Wheeler s lie filled path into Harvard, his compulsive conning of grant and scholarship boards after enrolling, and the eventual discovery of his fraudulent past.

  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League
  • Julie Zauzmer
  • English
  • 22 June 2018
  • 0762780029

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10 thoughts on “Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League

  1. William William says:

    This book is both fascinating and irritating First the upside Zauzmer has done meticulous research and the story provides a lot of detail on how Harvard s admission process works which is interesting to me as a former dean of admissions and current independent college counselor The details of Wheeler s cons and forgeries is almost always fascinating The story does not really work well, however, because Wheeler is only seen from the outside His voice is sorely needed He did crazy stuff wi This book is both fascinating and irritating First the upside Zauzmer has done meticulous research and the story provides a lot of detail on how Harvard s admission process works which is interesting to me as a former dean of admissions and current independent college counselor The details of Wheeler s cons and forgeries is almost always fascinating The story does not really work well, however, because Wheeler is only seen from the outside His voice is sorely needed He did crazy stuff with a 100% chance of being caught While Zauzmer s perspective is that he is just enormously dishonest, he sounds to me pathological.Zauzmer has really drunk the KoolAid concerning Harvard, and ends the book saying that the effectiveness of a 30 billion corporation in vindictively puinishing a student who made a fool of it is a stand for truth which benefits all of us Get real Adam Wheeler is in no way a symbol of dishonesty among college applicants in general The case is clearly an outlier, not a symbol of anything Was John Wayne Gacy a symbol of anything about modern society There is an underlying arrogance which disturbs me Zauzmer is in general patronizing about Bowdoin, where Wheeler started his college career She says at one point that it s hard to understand how a student with Wheeler s forged credentials would have chosen a school this lacking in prestige though Bowdoin is consistently ranked among the top few institutions of higher education in the US She saysthan once that Brunswick, ME where Bowdoin is located possesses an uncomfortably arctic climate, though its average annual temperature of 45 degrees is only six degrees lower than Cambridge, MA.And what especially troubles me is that it took so very long for Harvard to question Wheeler s absurdly lofty credentials His achievements were so extensive that it is hard to believe that they were not questioned, and indeed Wheeler was denied admission at several schools, though that is not mentioned in the book aside from a reference to Yale It takes a kind of arrogance for a admissions readers to see an admissions candidate whose prose is so abstruse as to be a burlesque of normal writing as a match for the education their institution offers.I am also struck by a student who wasor less an above average student at a fairly average public high school was able to get mostly B B grades at Harvard before he started cheating in his coursework How demanding can the education be if a student whose credentials are well below the threshold for, say, thirty or forty of the most selective colleges and universities in the US can do competent if undistinguished work But most of all, there is a human tragedy here to which the author seems immune There is no evidence Wheeler is a truly bad kid What made him embark on all this fraud and do it for so long I feel sad for Wheeler and his parents, and wish he were describedfully as a human being, rather than oversimplified as merely a criminal This is not the symbolic story the author claims, but the painful tale of the degeneration of an adolescent for reasons which are never explored.I agree with the other reviewers who see the book as not especially well written It also has a look at me quality somehow, and the book lacks the objectivity which should characterize good journalism The we re good and he s bad tone becomes offensive, because both sides of that are an over simplification Adam has major and obvious flaws, and Harvard has none Not very interesting, at least not to me

  2. Nora Nora says:

    For me, this kind of book is a guilty pleasure I love stories about frauds and con artists Usually I root for them, but it was hard to like the fraudster in this book because he lied and plagiarized not just to get into Harvard, Bowdoin, and Stanford, but also to be a straight A student and win top prizes At first I was not very impressed by the writing style of this book, but once I realized that the author is a college kid herself I had a lot of respect.The story of what the con artist did For me, this kind of book is a guilty pleasure I love stories about frauds and con artists Usually I root for them, but it was hard to like the fraudster in this book because he lied and plagiarized not just to get into Harvard, Bowdoin, and Stanford, but also to be a straight A student and win top prizes At first I was not very impressed by the writing style of this book, but once I realized that the author is a college kid herself I had a lot of respect.The story of what the con artist did is quite interesting, and I won t spoil it here, except to say that he was following the school of thought that says the bigger andridiculous your lies are, thelikely it is that you ll get away with it The author is too respectful of the Harvard admission s department and administration to delve deeply into why it took them so long to catch on A smarter,moderate cheater would never be caught If all he d wanted was to collect a Harvard diploma, no one would ever have caught Adam Wheeler, but then he set his sights on a Fulbright I like that the author has an insider s view because she is a Harvard student herself, but I think it also made her blind to questions that would occur to an outsider Like, what is so great about Harvard that people will do anything to get in what is the spell that people are under That is so bizarre it should be a chapter in itself But I got the sense that the author feels that way too, like naturally the highest dream of any student would be to go to Harvard, so no explanation needed And my biggest questions went unanswered What motivated this guy Why did he keep on doing the same things even after he got caught No one knows the answers to these questions, probably, but I would be curious to hear what the people who knew him thought Also, what was his childhood like Any interesting backstory on this guy What was wrong with him, anyway At times the fraudster must have spent muchtime copying and editing little snippets of plagiarized material than he would have just writing a few sentences The few pieces of his own writing in the book are almost complete gibberish Did he do any of his college course work Would he read the assigned books in his classes I thought it was interesting that the person who finally caught him was notcynical or suspicious than the other people who d read Adam Wheeler s amazing transcripts, recommendations, and resumes He was justcaring, worried that this student was taking on too many responsibilities at a young age Oh, and he d read the essay that the fraudster lifted Anyway, the whole book brought back my college days in the humanities, where it didn t matter if my papers made sense or were on topic, as long as they had a certain tone and lots of three dollar words

  3. Hal Hal says:

    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 preferredabout Adam the man, but his reclusive tendencies probably did not offer muchto 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 eleph 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 preferredabout Adam the man, but his reclusive tendencies probably did not offer muchto 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

  4. Gina Gina says:

    DNF I m not sure what I wanted when I began this book, but I didn t get it There are some interesting tidbits about the college application process at top tier schools along with some general criticism of that process along with plagiarism and cheating among high school and college students I was curious about Adam Wheeler and his specific cons although I think calling him a con artist is going a bit far , but that took a backseat to the author s own agenda viewpoint Interesting topic but p DNF I m not sure what I wanted when I began this book, but I didn t get it There are some interesting tidbits about the college application process at top tier schools along with some general criticism of that process along with plagiarism and cheating among high school and college students I was curious about Adam Wheeler and his specific cons although I think calling him a con artist is going a bit far , but that took a backseat to the author s own agenda viewpoint Interesting topic but poorly executed I just couldn t get into it

  5. Allison Allison says:

    It s written by a reporter for The Harvard Crimson, and to be frank, you can tell Not that the reporting isn t thorough, but a you can tell she disapproves of the whole scandal while I was actually interestedin how he did it than in hearing how bad it is to cheat , and b it is VERY dry I gave it about 30 pages before quitting.

  6. Tim Tim says:

    The story itself was interesting and the book appears to be thoroughly researched However, the author spends large chunks of the book editorializing about the college admissions process This breaks up the flow of the book, is unnecessary, and gets to be pretty repetitive The author s writing style is also very much like a journalist The prose is pretty dry and unvaried It feels like you are reading a serious of newspaper articles to a degree The book would have been much better if it was c The story itself was interesting and the book appears to be thoroughly researched However, the author spends large chunks of the book editorializing about the college admissions process This breaks up the flow of the book, is unnecessary, and gets to be pretty repetitive The author s writing style is also very much like a journalist The prose is pretty dry and unvaried It feels like you are reading a serious of newspaper articles to a degree The book would have been much better if it was craftedas a story with better character development and better descriptions of events

  7. Will Bohmann Will Bohmann says:

    A 21st Century Catch Me If You Can I have little doubt that Adam Wheeler has a bright mind What s most impressive is his grit to work overtime through the complex and involved application process and the resourcefulness to find the right words to plagiarize each of his college papers, writings and reflections.

  8. Mandy Mandy says:

    An interesting re telling of real life Adam Wheeler, who conned his way into Harvard, as well as the broader social implications that contribute to cheating.

  9. David David says:

    quick read about serial, compulsive plagiarist who BSed his way into Harvard as a transfer student, faked effusive recommendations for himself, invented credentials on his cv, won scholarships and writing prizes with other people s work, and so on and so on until getting tripped up when applying for a Rhodes scholarship using an essay written by a friend and colleague of one of the interviewers Oops Author was on the story for the college newspaper at the time, which means she has lots of insi quick read about serial, compulsive plagiarist who BSed his way into Harvard as a transfer student, faked effusive recommendations for himself, invented credentials on his cv, won scholarships and writing prizes with other people s work, and so on and so on until getting tripped up when applying for a Rhodes scholarship using an essay written by a friend and colleague of one of the interviewers Oops Author was on the story for the college newspaper at the time, which means she has lots of insight into the details of what made his Kirkland house suite so suitable for big parties, but also is predictably correlated with a youthful, inexperienced writing style.Other major gap in this very interesting story is that she never got cooperation from the perp or even his family So the technical details of his cheating are all here, including the somewhat ridiculous lengths to which he took it e.g., cribbing from the acknowledgements of someone s dissertation in English lit , but any further intel on his life, how this all started, whether he was nervous about getting caught, etc all lacking

  10. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    I was fascinated by this well written and exhaustively detailed book about a young man who faked his background, transcripts, test scores, and personal recommendations to get into several universities, notably as a transfer student to Harvard and winner of several high profile literary prizes I was also surprised that his way beyond exceptional applications never gave any of the admissions committees people a moment of pause He displayed himself as so unique and beyond the norm that I would h I was fascinated by this well written and exhaustively detailed book about a young man who faked his background, transcripts, test scores, and personal recommendations to get into several universities, notably as a transfer student to Harvard and winner of several high profile literary prizes I was also surprised that his way beyond exceptional applications never gave any of the admissions committees people a moment of pause He displayed himself as so unique and beyond the norm that I would have questioned a lot of things I was disapppointed, however, by the author s inability to interview Adam Weaver for this book and to get into his head There is no discussion of his motives, why he lied so outrageously when a lot less would have sufficed, and why he was such a risk taker as a fraud We also learn very little about his family and its role in Wheeler s story Overall, a good read about how top tier universities work and don t always work too well Also a message to colleges to lookaskance at college applicants

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