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Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale

You have probably heard of the movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. I remember seeing the movie. I thought it was a fun flick, nothing more or less. The thing that intrigued me the most was that this movie was based on a true story. It seemed impossible. How could a young man con so many intelligent people for so many years? It seemed too unreal, like something made up by Hollywood.

My curiosity got the best of me and I bought the autobiographical book by Frank Abagnale, Jr.

The book Catch Me If You Can goes into much more detail on Mr. Abagnale’s adventures than the movie. It is amazing how far a nice smile and a bit of confidence can take someone. He explains how we first conned his own Father – a man he admires deeply – which started his scamming lifestyle. He posed as pilot, professor, doctor, lawyer and what not. Though Abagnale admits he never loved school and disliked the idea of honest job, he spends countless hours preparing for his next scam. It is amazing how somebody with so much innate talent will only use it in such a dishonest way.

If you loved the movie you will like this book. After a while, you get a little tired of him explaining each con in detail as they are all similar. At the beginning of the book I saw Abagnale as a messed up kid just trying to make his way, but by the end I found him a tad repulsive. He continually tries to justify his illegal actions by establishing disclaimers like never cheating individuals just the companies.