The Shadow Scholar by Dave Tomar
How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat

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Mr. Tomar's piquant polemic ought to compel some soul-searching among parents and professors, if not among the students who keep shadow scholars in business.
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"[A] stunning tale of academic fraud . . . shocking and compelling.??-The Washington Post
Dave Tomar wrote term papers for a living. Technically, the papers were "study guides,?? and the companies he wrote for-there are quite a few-are completely aboveboard and easily found with a quick web search. For as little as ten dollars a page, these paper mills provide a custom essay, written to the specifics of any course assignment. During Tomar's career as an academic surrogate, he wrote made-to-order papers for everything from introductory college courses to Ph.D. dissertations. There was never a shortage of demand for his services. The Shadow Scholar is the story of this dubious but all-too-common career. In turns shocking, absurd, and ultimately sobering, Tomar explores not merely his own misdeeds but the bureaucratic and cash-hungry colleges, lazy students, and even misguided parents who help make it all possible.
 

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Dave Tomar is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer and a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. In 2010, Tomar authored an article entitled "The Shadow Scholar" under the pseudonym Ed Dante. The article, detailing his decade of experience as an academic ghostwriter, highlighted the issues of cheating and the need for reform in higher education. "The Shadow Scholar" became the most read article in the history of The Chronicle of Higher Education and received special citation from The Education Writers Association. Dave Tomar has also been a regular contributor to The Perpetual Post.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Charles Dameron on Sep 21 2012

Mr. Tomar's piquant polemic ought to compel some soul-searching among parents and professors, if not among the students who keep shadow scholars in business.

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