Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake

by Stan Redding, Frank W. Abagnale | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0767905385 Global Overview for this book
Registered by mdm139 of Las Vegas, Nevada USA on 12/5/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by mdm139 from Las Vegas, Nevada USA on Sunday, December 5, 2010
Picked up at Book Thing. Liked the movie and the first line for our holiday game.

Journal Entry 2 by ResQgeek at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, December 6, 2010
I picked this during the "first sentences" book exchange during the BCinDC holiday party today. I've heard about this story, and seen parts of the movie, and am looking forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 3 by ResQgeek at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, October 1, 2012
Frank Abagnale remains one of the most notorious and successful con man and forger in American history, cashing more than $2.5 million in bogus checks during his brief career. He began his career as a teenager, and was finally brought to justice in his early twenties, which makes his nefarious accomplishments all the more astounding. This is his memoir of his escapades on the wrong side of the law, as he passed himself off, variously, as an airline pilot, a doctor and a professor, while, in fact, being a high school drop-out. The ease with which he was able to manipulate the financial system is mind boggling, but not without its benefits. Many of the security measures that protect our banks and businesses from such thefts were probably implemented because of Abagnale’s successes, and with his help, since he has become a much-sought-after security consultant since his release from prison.

Abagnale’s story is an adventure story of a young man who enjoyed the challenges of cheating the system. It is quite clear that he had incredible determination and smarts that enabled him to identify and exploit weaknesses in the institutions he targeted. It is quite clear that he enjoyed himself, at least initially, and that he had his own code of ethics that he upheld, even while cheating a wide range of banks and businesses out of millions of dollars. But this is also a cautionary tale, because he is also quite forthright about the stress of living life on the run, as well as the brutal conditions he endured after his capture in France. Clearly, this isn’t a career path he would recommend for others. But living his life vicariously through this memoir certainly was fun!

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