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  1. Crumb Crumb says:

    Fascinating and unbelievable It amazes me that Frank Abagnale got away with all of his cons for as long as he did He is a man of sharp wit and unduly intelligence This is a story of white collar crime and lies Big fat whoppers If you've seen the movie Catch Me if You Can and have enjoyed it you will definitely enjoy this one This book is heavy on the entertainment and I have no problem with that A very uick easy read Although this is non fiction it reads like a modern day thriller Absolutely recommended


  2. Heather Heather says:

    What I learned from this book Goodreads asks? That con man really does mean confidence man the you act like you deserve something the likely you are to get it A precocious child who devised clever modes of personal gain Frank A grew into an even smarter man He faked college degrees professional affiliations career histories pretty much everything including his name Without any relevant schooling throughout his life he was meaning he successfuly convinced people he was a pilot doctor and college professor among others Amazing This is a great book and a real inspiration for those who believe the mantra what people don't know won't hurt them and will probably help me


  3. Gary Taylor Gary Taylor says:

    Although I knew the ghostwriter Stan Redding as far back as the 1970s and in the 1980s when this shot to the top of the bestseller lists I never sat down to read it until 2008 When I was done I couldn't understand the fuss I've had to chalk it up to the tenor of the times in which any sort of true confession like Abagnale's would seem a revelation In addition I am sure the excitement of such an accomplished child prodigy con artist overshadowed the omission of some elements I would have considered vital to this story Stan allowed Frank to run wild and loose on the narrative of his exploits with almost no confirmation so that techniue left it hard to believe A thorough job of dissecting Frank's psychology might have salvaged that issue But I'm betting Frank was holding back and Stan was just taking what he could get out of him He still produced a book that would entice a the top movie directoractor combo of ScorceseDiCaprioHanks to develop a feature film 20 years after the fact But Stan and I were jouirnalists in Houston back in the 1970s so I was expecting from him Catch Me If You Can was plenty of fun with a surface scrubbing of the main character's psychology that left me suspicious about how much of this true crime memoir actually was fiction


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    One of the New York cops who’d worked hardest to catch me read the report and snorted “This head doctor’s gotta be kiddin‘ us” he scoffed “This phony rips off several hundred banks hustleshalf the hotels in the world for everything but the sheets screws every airline in the skies including most of their stewardesses passes enough bad checks to paper the walls of the Pentagon runs his own goddamned colleges and universities makes half the cops in twenty countries look like dumbasses while he’s stealing over 2 million and he has a low criminal threshold? What the hell would he have done if he’d had a high criminal threshold looted Fort Knox?”There is enchantment in a uniform especially one that marks the wearer as a person of rare skills courage or achievementA paratrooper’s wings tell of a special breed of soldier A submariner’s dolphin denotes theunusual sailor A policeman’s blue symbolizes authority A forest ranger’s raiment evokes wilderness lore Even a doorman’s gaudy garb stirs vague thoughts of pomp and royaltyI felt great in my Pan Am pilot’s uniform as I walked into La Guardia Airport I obviously wascommanding respect and esteem Men looked at me admiringly or enviously Pretty women and girls smiled at me Airport policemen nodded courteously Pilots and stewardesses smiled spoke to me or lifted a hand in greeting as they passed Every man woman and child who noticed me seemed warm and friendlyIt was heady stuff and I loved it In fact I became instantly addicted During the next five years the uniform was my alter ego I used it in the same manner a junkie shoots up on heroin Whenever I felt lonely depressed rejected or doubtful of my own worth I’d dress up in my pilot’s uniform and seek out a crowd The uniform bought me respect and dignity Without it on at times I felt useless and dejected With it on during such times I felt like I was wearing Fortunatus’ cap and walking inseven league boots


  5. Tom Quinn Tom Quinn says:

    I learned early that class is universally admired Almost any fault sin or crime is considered leniently if there's a touch of class involvedCharming and riotously entertaining captivating and devilishly debonair Crime has no business being this fun5 stars


  6. Megan Megan says:

    This is honestly the best book I have read in a long time It's one of the few that I couldn't put down and had to know what was going to happen next I know I had already seen the movie but the book was better I was disappointed to find out that the movie was actually a watered down version of the story and that the events were shuffled around and sometimes completely made up to go along with the flow of the movie The actual story is much harsher and emotional and there is really no cat and mouse game with the detective I mean yeah Abagnale did do stuff to piss off the police and it was usually O'Reilly that was following him but there wasn't that love hate relationship that there that really made the movie so greatI was also disappointed in the fact that the book just kinda stopped I loved how the movie showed Frank's experiences after being caught I mean I guess he talked a little about that in the book but it was of an epilogue and part of the uestion and answer section with the author The movie was able to show what it was like after his life of crime while I felt like the book was just like crime crime crime crime crime fun crime fun crime jail OVERSo yeah


  7. Theresa Theresa says:

    253 stars for the writing but a full fledged 5 stars for his confidence and skillFrank Abagnale must be one of the smartest criminals I've ever read about He's uick thinking and he does his research I really don't know how he got away with it for so long and it's pretty amazing I never have committed a crime and I hope I never have to but I have to tip my hat to this guyAbagnale has successfully scammed everyone from airlines hotels and banks to local prisons hookers and the FBI But this book really isn't all that special if you already saw the movie That's right the movie was betterI loved Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in the two roles and kept picturing them for the characters in the book The book doesn't have anything than the movie and it isn't written very well either If you already saw the movie you can skip this one If you didn't see the movie just watch the movie Wow I never thought I would say thatYes I loved reliving all the conning from the movie but it just felt like I've heard it all before so I was uninterested I've watched a lot of movies before reading the book they originated from and I never felt this way before I wanted to enjoy this book much than I did and I even stuck with it all the way through despite being overly disappointedHonestly save yourself the time and just watch the movie You'll be far entertained


  8. Tom Germain Tom Germain says:

    This is the true crime book that inspired the fun movie starring DiCaprio and Hanks Truly amazing what Abagnale a guy who never finished high school got away with such as impersonating an airline pilot a lawyer and a teacherand all at a very young age Sometimes the veracity of his claims may be in doubt as after all he was a con man but even if half of it happened as he describes it it serves as a lesson in human relations namely that you should never trust what your eyes or ears tell you Also it's amazing what a man will do just to bed women which is what Abagnale says motivated him to lie cheat and steal I finished this book in two days but I had never read anything that had so many expressions I wasn't familiar with or words that were used in an unexpected context for example he writes abroad but doesn't mean in a foreign land as well as some curious inaccuracies for ex a glide scope isn't a light as he claims but that's the refreshing aspect of this book as it feels authentic as if Abagnale himself was speaking sort of like Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye


  9. Jack Heath Jack Heath says:

    3 Stars Yes it's a true story but it's dated in these days of cyber security passwords and video surveillance The very personification of a rascal Abagnale was a daring con man who papered many a city with phony cheues He had many an alias too Frank Williams Robert Conrad Frank Adams etc with such fake occupations as pilot pediatrician lawyer and professor It was a different time 1963 to 1969 when he was 15 to 21 years old long before most of the laxness and loopholes he exploited at banks hotels casinos and corporations like Pan Am Airlines were closed His audacity got him out of several scrapes; in one case he pretended to be an undercover inspector and persuaded his prison authorities to let him walk out the front door In another he used information he acuired as a pilot on the internal design of airplanes to avoid US police by escaping through a plane's toilet My view? He was lucky than good and it ran out in France Sweden Canada and the US He eventually grew up to become an advisor to governments and corporations on security matters Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks starred in the 2002 movie May 2019


  10. Sergio Gutierrez Sergio Gutierrez says:

    Few have ever really been fooled than once in their lifetime And Frank took advantage of that He saw what the world was offering and cut his way to the top Wow prison life in Europe and still wanting after that; he got what he wanted? He was a good freeloader How long does it take to dismantle a plane? Frank knew that to get close to the cockpit knowledge of any engine was thrown out the window Thus making it an advantage for a common commuter to glide on the rails of the untrained eye


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Catch Me If You Can I stole every nickel and blew it on fine threads luxurious lodgings fantastic foxes and other sensual goodies I partied in every capital in Europe and basked on all the world's most famous beaches' Frank W Abagnale alias Frank Williams Robert Conrad Frank Adams and Ringo Monjo was one of the most daring con men forgers imposters and escape artists in history In his brief but notorious career Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and co piloted a Pan Am jet masueraded as a member of hospital management practised law without a licence passed himself off as a college sociology professor and cashed over 25 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 run until the law caught up with him Now recognised 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 aeroplane make CATCH ME IF YOU CAN an irresistable tale of deceit

  • Paperback
  • 293 pages
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Frank W. Abagnale
  • 25 May 2016
  • 9780767914352

About the Author: Frank W. Abagnale

Born and raised in the Westchester County city of Bronxville New York Abagnale attended Iona Preparatory School an all boys Catholic high school which is run by the Irish Christian Brothers He was the third of four children two brothers and one sister born to a French mother Paula Abagnale and an American father Frank William Abagnale SrOne of the early signs of his future as a fraudste