The Shadow Scholar

The Shadow Scholar

How I Made A Living Helping College Kids Cheat

Book - 2012
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"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.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608197231
1608197239
Branch Call Number: 378.1 Tomar 2012
Characteristics: xiii, 251 p. ; 25 cm

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Jan 20, 2013

One of the most fascinating (and funny, even) books I've read in a long time. I read it in two days, and found it gripping. Highly recommended if you are interested in higher education.

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