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Catch Me If You Can: The Amazing True Story of the Most Extraordinary Liar in the History of Fun and Profitby Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding
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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.
The uproarious, bestselling true story of the world's most sought-after con man currently in development as a DreamWorks feature film.
"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."
"Oddly enough, despite all of Abagnale's high-wire feats, the most thrilling accomplishment of Catch Me if You Can isn't the ease with which Abagnale peddled his snake oil or the millions he spent living the fat life...No, the book's ultimate rush is how complicit Abagnale makes you in his sin. You're rooting for a man who would no sooner look at you than see your face as a giant lollipop with the word sucker printed on it. And why not? After all, these days, a criminal this good is hard to find." Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
The world's most sought-after con man wrote $2.5 million in bad checks, practiced law without a license, practiced medicine with no medical training, and co-piloted a Pan Am jet with a fake license. Slated for production at DreamWorks Entertainment, and now updated with a new Afterword, "Catch Me If You Can" contains all of the elements of the most wildly imaginative fiction, except that Abagnale's exploits actually happened.
About the Author
A former professional impostor, Frank W. Abagnale is one of the worlds 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 FBIs Financial Crimes Unit and is a secure-document expert for the Standard Register Company and other high-security printers around the world.
From the Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Fledging — Pilot — Fly a crooked sky — If I'm a kid doctor, where's my jar of lollipops? — Law degree is just an illegal technicality — Paperhanger in a Rolls-Royce --How to tour Europe on a felony a day — Small crew will do-it's just a paper airplane — Does this tab include the tip? — Put out an APB-Frank Abagnale has escaped!
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