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Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake by Frank W. AbagnaleI 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 worlds 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 pilots uniform and co-piloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as a member of hospital management, practised law without a licence, 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 run - until the law caught up with him. Now recognised as the nations 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.
Catch Me If You Can Summary
The True Story of a Real Fake
When this true-crime story first appeared in , it made the New York Times bestseller list within weeks. Two decades later, it's being rereleased in conjunction with a film version produced by DreamWorks. He did it by pioneering implausible and brazen scams, such as impersonating a Pan Am pilot puddle jumping around the world in the cockpit, even taking over the controls. He also played the role of a pediatrician and faked his way into the position of temporary resident supervisor at a hospital in Georgia. Posing as a lawyer, he conned his way into a position in a state attorney general's office, and he taught a semester of college-level sociology with a purloined degree from Columbia University.
The man can do literally anything he wants. In , after serving various sentences for a vast collection of financial fraud convictions, he told his story — with the help of co-writer Stan Redding — in Catch Me If You Can. This guy makes Donald Trump look like a Boy Scout. At the age of sixteen he ran away from his broken home in suburban New York City and started passing bad checks. Surprised by how easy he found it to fool the banking industry, he wrote more bad checks, traveling the country always on the hunt for fresh and unsuspecting prey. He traveled the world passing bad checks of every kind and accumulating a small fortune, always staying several steps ahead of the law. In case you missed it, he wrote a lot of bad checks.