Delivering a mind-boggling true story of a most wanted con man, Catch Me if You Can by Frank W Abagnale is an outrageous and uproarious semi-autobiography. Co-written by Stan Redding, the book chronicles Frank’s notorious “adventure” during his younger years when he conned numerous people and cashed $2.5 million worth of bad checks.
The absurdity of the frauds by Abagnale drew big interest in the novel and it led to its success, critically and commercially. The story in Frank W. Abagnale’s Catch Me if You Can also attracted Steven Spielberg to produce the film adaptation. The film adaptation was released in 2002 and it starred award-winning actors including Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
Cover and Details of Catch Me if You Can by Frank W Abagnale (PDF)
- Title: Catch Me if You Can
- Author: Frank W Abagnale, Stan Redding
- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap Inc.
- Date Published: August 1, 1980
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0448165384
- ISBN-13: 9780448165387
Summary of the Book
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 of Catch Me if You Can
“Catch Me If You Can is an excellent novel. For me, the fact that it’s a non-fiction tale made it all the more engaging. It’s easy to read countless fiction books and, when things are getting interesting or horrifying, you can say “it’s all make-believe.” With this book, you must remind yourself that this really happened. Abagnale really pulled this stuff off at such a young age.
The plot seems to be one that most people are familiar with so I won’t go into it much, but I will say that it is one of those books where you want the bad guy to succeed at everything he does. This is a solid five-star read and I read it in less than a day. It has stuck with me ever since, especially some of the author’s descriptions of foreign prison life, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys lots of words which form a long story. If you are on this site, you should qualify.“ (Adam Wilson, goodreads.com)
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