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Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake (1980 original; edició 2003)

de Frank Abagnale (Autor), Stan Redding (Autor)

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Frank W. Abagnale's, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con-men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as "The Skywayman," Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the lam, until the law caught up with him. Now recognized as the nation's leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades and ingenious escapes, including one from an airplane, make Catch me if you can an irresistible tale of deceit.… (més)
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Títol:Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake
Autors:Frank Abagnale (Autor)
Altres autors:Stan Redding (Autor)
Informació:Mainstream Publishing (2005), 224 pages
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Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake de Frank W. Abagnale (Author) (1980)

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An unexpectedly fast read. And educational too.

For instance, getting in prison should be avoided, especially in France, Italy or Spain. It might be okay in Sweden. Kidding, of course. Going to jail is pretty lame.

And there are 12 Federal Reserve Districts in US. And the meaning behind numbers.

And that the main weapon of any con man is his confidence. The second one being research and observation.

And education isn't everything.
I mean, he was a high school dropout, without university degrees. That's inspiring in its own way. The guy's got brains, I tell you!

But yes, it's harsh in its own way, which does not really influence the overall impression. I'm glad I finally read it. ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
Book Prompt: A book of nonviolent true crime

Who knew true crime could be funny! While reading this, it was not hard to see why Frank got away with so much. His wit, humor and charisma serve him well. It has been some time since I have seen the movie adaptation of his memoir, but I remembered the gist of his crimes. Hearing it in first person voice from him though was amazing! It is not often one hears from the perpetrator directly, let alone get an insight into their thoughts at the time. Not sure this story would be as interesting to me had it not been from Frank himself. Barrett does a wonderful job narrating the story and kept me quite engaged. Highly recommend if you are looking for a quick read and a bit of a chuckle. While his crimes could not be duplicated today, I was fascinated with how much he was able to get away with, and how easy it seemed for him. ( )
  BuffyCharpentier | May 19, 2022 |

Ironically I read, and finished, this book on a plane. I liked this book a lot and would have garnished a 4.5 star if good reads offered one.

Frank comes across as engaging and honest (guess that's why he's a con man) in telling his story. It was difficult for me to read the book without picturing Leonardo DiCaprio playing the role in the movie.

The book comes across more cerebral and got into much more the detail of how he did his cons.

( )
  wellington299 | Feb 19, 2022 |
This book was fine. I think I would have liked it better if I hadn't already seen the movie but my graphic design teacher loves the movie so I've seen it twice in class. There were some fun stories in this book that aren't in the movie and a lot of the order of things is changed but it's essentially the same story. I wish there was a bit less about all the women he slept with. Sometimes it fed into the plot but really it just got repetitive and annoying to read. Without giving away any spoilers this also ended in a sort of weird place. Interesting read but unfortunately I already knew a lot of it. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
Meh... I couldn't take it quite seriously without photographs.

Plus he was kind of a jerk. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
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Frank W. Abagnale's, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con-men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as "The Skywayman," Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the lam, until the law caught up with him. Now recognized as the nation's leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades and ingenious escapes, including one from an airplane, make Catch me if you can an irresistible tale of deceit.

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