Melissa Korn & Jennifer Levitz: Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit, and the Making of the College Admissions Scandal (A FAN Event)

About the Book: One morning in March 2019, many of America's rich and powerful woke to 300 FBI agents at their doors. Among them were actress Felicity Huffman, designer Mossimo Giannulli, business executives and storied college coaches, with one thing in common: They'd all worked with Rick Singer. Sought after by wealthy parents as a college whisperer, Singer helped children nationwide secure spots at the schools of their dreams —for some, by any means necessary. When his scheme crumbled, more than 50 people would be criminally charged.

In Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal, veteran Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz trace the rise and ruin of the largest scam of its kind ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice. With unparalleled access to primary players in the case, they reveal how Singer cashed in on the ultimate status symbol: an acceptance letter at Stanford, Yale, Georgetown, or USC. They detail how the scheme exploited existing loopholes, with bribes and lies giving already privileged families an irresistible edge.

Register HERE for this free webinar, hosted by Family Action Network. Korn and Levitz will be interviewed by Ashby Jones, deputy chief of U.S. news at The Wall Street Journal in New York.

"Through Unacceptable, Korn and Levitz grant us access to [admissions'] seedy underbelly. From the social-climbing antics of Rick Singer, the mastermind behind the cheating scheme, to the velvet-gloved F.B.I. raids of celebrities' homes, they take us along the roller-coaster ride of Operation Varsity Blues. Piercing the veneer of perfection worn by Hollywood A-listers and corporate elites, Korn and Levitz show how wealthy families bribed their way into colleges like Stanford and the University of Southern California rather than bet on their children's potential." --The New York Times Book Review

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Unacceptable from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Korn and Levitz that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS will appear in red font at the top of your email receipt.

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593087725
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Portfolio - July 21st, 2020


The riveting true story behind the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, a cautionary tale of parenting gone wrong, the system that enabled families to veer so far off course, and the mastermind who made it all happen.