Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

by Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
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Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding

The uproarious, bestselling true story of the world's most sought-after con man, immortalized by Leonardo DiCaprio in DreamWorks' feature film of the same name.

Frank W. Abagnale, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767905381
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 78,744
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)

About the Author

A former professional impostor, Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of forgery and secure documents. A world-renowned consultant for more than twenty-five years, he lectures at the FBI’s Financial Crimes Unit and is a secure-document expert for the Standard Register Company and other high-security printers around the world.

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Catch Me If You Can 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Kaitlyn Martinez More than 1 year ago
Out of all the memoirs i've read, this one was the greatest and most exciting. He is truely a genius and charasmatic man. No wonder he was able to con all those people......
GramyPat More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this. After seeing the movie several time I was so surprised at how different the book was. Frank is a lot different and not as innocence as the movie made his out to be! I recommend this book to anyone who saw the movie and who didn't. Usually I do not like a book that has been made into a movie, especially when I have seen the movie first, but this one is an exception. As I was reading I was able to place the scenes in the movie to the events that was happening in the novel.
Dennis21 More than 1 year ago
Catch Me If You Can, was a great movie its hard not to be when Tom Hanks in it. The memoir is amazing probably the best memoir I have ever read. Yes that is a bold statement. I highly recommend you read the book..then watch the movie if you havent seen it as well. I also would like to recommend Striker Confessions Of An Identity Theft Diva which goes more into the modern day inner workings of Identity Theft.
Mrjohnnybuck More than 1 year ago
If you think you know this book because you have seen the movie, you are VERY mistaken. This is an outstanding read that you will not be able to put down. It is hard to believe everything that Mr. Abagnale was able to accomplish, and then the way he was able to turn his life around. He goes into great detail about what happened once he was caught, and you won't be able to put the book down. You won't regret buying this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow he's ballsy. I was curious about the book because I loved the movie, the book is good, very entertaining and of course so very different, so many things the movie left out, wow. And also, to stop and think of how young he was, bigger wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book left me with an enormous smile on my face. It¿s a hilarious and captivating story of one man¿s intelligence against the world¿s stupidity. From the very first sentence, I was completely hooked. Catch Me If You Can is one of the most interesting and intriguing books I have ever read. Frank Abagnale was a stunning, charming young man. Even more, he was witty and extremely intelligent. He absorbed information like a sponge, and conned a huge chunk of the world. He was an airplane pilot, a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, and cashed more than 2.5 million dollars worth of counterfeit checks. He escaped the grasp of authorities more than once when his life was on the line. It¿s amazing that Frank was brilliant enough to outsmart any boss that he fraudulently worked under, but the truly amazing fact about Frank was that he did all this before he was 21. He started as a teenager, and was running since. He¿s a genius.
B-2 More than 1 year ago
Amusing and entertaining story of a young crook.   This is a (ghost-written) autobiography of Frank Abagnale, who in 1970’s stole an enormous fortunes from banks and businesses using loopholes, skillful counterfeiting and his imagination, frequently while impersonating an airline pilot. The book is written with style and humor and reads like a light-hearted novel.   I was left with impression that the author’s account of his Casanova-Robin Hood-Monte Christo-style adventures is not exactly the whole truth and  nothing but the truth.  Nevertheless the book  makes for a very enjoyable, if not profound reading.  I grade books as Buy and Keep ( BK), Read a Library Copy (RLC) and Once-I-Put-It-Down-I-Couldn’t-Pick-It-Up (OIPD-ICPU).  This one is a RLC.
MaggieMeacham More than 1 year ago
At fifteen years old, Frank Abagnale began his career as a con man. He began writing bad checks knowing people would trust that they were good. He decided to fake being a pilot and get free flights to any where in America and Europe. With posing as a pilot, Frank started making fake business checks and cashing them for several hundreds of dollars. By the time Abagnale had reached twenty years old, he had posed as a pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, and a college professor. I found it very interesting how a fifteen year old boy could come up with the idea of faking to be an airline pilot and write bad checks and get away with it. Frank Abagnale is very smart and daring to be able to do all the things he did. I thought it was fascinating how he learned how to fly a plane on his own. It was interesting how he faked being a doctor and a lawyer and ended up being pretty good at both occupations. This book was really thrilling and kept me interested in reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Non-Fiction is not my genre, but I enjoyed this true crime drama. Frank was the type of criminal that made cops look stupid. This type of criminal is a detective's worst nightmare.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Gained an insiders view of how to swindle, cheat and con.
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Nancybee More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining!! What a lovable criminal.
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sunsetbet More than 1 year ago
Fascinating, fast moving, easy to read. Unbelievable con man!
toddranch More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in a long time. I was familiar with the story having seen the movie 2 or 3 times. This book is very well written and I feel it's an honest and open look into the life of the writer who lived it. He is a very good writer - entertaining us yet honest and with enough detail to give a clear understanding without being redundant. Readers will experience all kinds of emotions i.e. sadness, pity, humor, shockingly surprising and you never know what the next page will bring. As I stated, I was familiar with the story but yet felt all these things and could not wait to read the next chapter of this writer's life.
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tropicmd More than 1 year ago
Excellent read; hard to put down -  the writing keeps you engaged.  Whether or not you like the main character should have no bearing on the review of this book.   Different than the movie, as most books generally are from  their screen counterparts; it was fascinating to learn how this con man got away with his crimes.   Too street  smart and savvy for his own good and despite the gobs of money he made, he was still unhappy and guilt ridden. His story augments an age old theme - crime, in the end, doesn't pay.  
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TRUELY AN AMAZING STORY. His journey is an incredible one, something I wish to strive for. Well definitely be reading his other works!
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