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Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con…

Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the…

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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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Conning Harvard tells 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.

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"Conning Harvard tells 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"--

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