Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake Paperback – 23 Jan 2003
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" A book that captivates from first page to last."
-"West Coast Review of Books"
" Whatever the reader may think of his crimes, the reader will wind up chortling with and cheering along the criminal."
" Zingingly told... richly detailed and winning as the devil."
"A book that captivates from first page to last."
-"West Coast Review of Books"
"Whatever the reader may think of his crimes, the reader will wind up chortling with and cheering along the criminal."
"Zingingly told...richly detailed and winning as the devil."
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From his first con of his father, through his career as paperhanger, cheque swindler and con man, Frank Abagnale at 17 was at the time the youngest of his breed ever. Here he describes how he was able to take advantage of banks, airlines (one of his most successful scams as a co-pilot allowed him to travel throughout the USA and then the rest of the world), hospitals, universities… almost any institution one might care to name. Frank scammed them all, with charm, flair and ingenuity. He was caught occasionally, and if he couldn’t talk his way out of it, he could usually escape (not from the French, and he didn’t even try with the Swedes). Far from being a hardened criminal, Frank essentially did this to fund adventures with women, much like any teen might want to do. Frank’s sheer out and out daring, his intelligence, his ability to lie at the drop of a hat and unrepentantly, and the unorthodox nature of his crimes make for compelling reading. The book does end a little up in the air, but this is resolved by an Afterword.
A charming and entertaining read.
Catch Me If You Can is an interesting, exciting, fast paced novel that is a pure joy to read. I don't know if I can put it better than that. This was a book that I simply did not want to put down and I flew through the book. The plot of the memoir is the criminal career of Frank Abagnale (he has since paid his debt to society and now works to prevent exactly the sort of crime that he once committed). Frank Abagnale was a con man. He began his career at a young age (15) conning gas station attendants to give him cash when he pays with his father's credit card. The leads to Frank leaving home, moving to New York City and trying to begin an honest life. Unfortunately, Frank's one main vice is women, and to be with women he needs to have more money than a 16 year old high school dropout can earn. So he begins to con.
Frank's primary method of conning was passing bad checks. However, he found that it is easier to make the con if he is a member of a well respected profession. Frank researches every role that he plays so that he will be as convincing as humanly possible without actually having to do that job. In some cases, he was able to con so well that he was paid for it and he didn't have to forge checks.Read more ›
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Vintage. Based on true story of Frank Abignale. Tom Hanks and Leo Decaprio excellent in their roles.Published 1 month ago by Briony Holyoake
An incredible tale told extremely well. Don't let the fact you may have seen the movie put you off reading this book.Published 2 months ago by chris61
Wonderful, and even better than the film adaptation!Published 3 months ago by Kayleigh Marie Edwards
A well written book. Very clever individual with a brilliant story to tell. Will defiantly recommend to friends and family.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer