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The shadow scholar : how I made a living helping college kids cheat / Dave Tomar.


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Tomar, Dave.
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1st U.S. ed. - New York : Bloomsbury, 2012.
  • Book
  • xiii, 251 p. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-240) and index.
  • On the banks of the old Raritan--
  • Rich kid Sid
  • The RU screw
  • The quarter-life crisis
  • Twenty years of schooling and they put you on a day shift--
  • Use me
  • Thanksgiving and the Great Depression
  • Ain't no love in the heart of the city
  • Degree mill university
  • The bends
  • Tunneling out
  • Death and taxes
  • Portrait of the scumbag as a young man
  • Fear of flying
  • Graduation.
"Last fall, a writer using the pseudonym Ed Dante wrote an explosive article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, confessing to writing term papers for a living. Technically, they are "study guides, " and the companies that sell them -- there are quite a few -- are completely legal and easily found with Google. For about $10-20 a page, Dante's former employers will give you a custom essay, written to your specifications. During Dante's career, he wrote made-to-order papers for everything from introductory college courses to Ph.D. dissertations. There was never a shortage of demand. The Shadow Scholar is Dante's account of this dubious but all-too-relevant career. In stories embarrassing, absurd, hilarious, and ultimately sobering, he explores not merely his own misdeeds but the bureaucratic and cash-hungry colleges, lazy students, and even misguided parents who helped make it all possible. With unemployment pushing 10 percent and many college grads living with their parents, the need for this book has never been more urgent. As this bitingly funny memoir reveals, colleges and graduate schools are victims not merely of tough economic times but of a profound sense of entitlement and apathy. Here is a searing, often maddening indictment of the big business of college."-- Publisher's description.

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