Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

By Frank W. Abagnale & Stan Redding

  • Release Date: 2000-08-01
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
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From 216 Ratings
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Unbelievable, but True!

    5
    By Mary Ward Taylor
    It sounds cliché, but I couldn't put down this book! The writing style was easy to read and kept me shaking my head that this actually happened. Not wanting to root for a con artist I still had to recognize his brilliance and audacity. Amazing that he got away with so much for so long. I can understand why It was made into a movie in 2002. I haven't seen it but want to. If it is as good as the book, then it is a dandy! It stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Fun!

    5
    By Joesamurai
    I enjoyed this book a lot. I had seen the movie and wasn't planning on reading the book, but once I started it I couldn't put it down. The writing style was interesting and engaging, and there are differences from the movie that make it even MORE interesting!
  • A Fascinating Story

    4
    By Emmet Aloysius
    It is hard to believe that the lead character pulled off all these swindles, hoaxes, etc. but it makes for fascinating reading. I saw the movie too so know all about this intriguing con man. Worth a read...EAF
  • Read

    5
    By Noreen Gaughan
    Fun and entertaining throughout. I loved this book.
  • Too good to be true

    5
    By Jeff-Fa-Fah
    I have the actual book and it's a story too good to be non fiction! Mr. Abagnail's exploits as a young criminal are way better than anything in recent days fiction. It may have been illegal but I applaud Mr. Abagnail for living such an exciting life.
  • Great book

    5
    By Karthik singamaneni
    The book is so much better than movie

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