Frank Abagnale ran away from home at the age of 16. Within weeks he had aged himself 10 years, become a Pan Am pilot, and passed dozens of counterfeit checks. By 21, he had been around the world (passing counterfeit checks in more than a dozen countries) and worked as a pediatrician, college professor, and lawyer. His escapades are truly unbelievable. His crime spree came to end when he was thrown into a terrible French prison followed by time served in Swedish and American prisons. How did he do it? Social engineering. When you act like you know what you are doing and where you are going, people tend to let you do whatever you want. Catch Me If You Can is a fascinating look at a young man’s crazy crime spree with just a little too much emphasis on Abagnale’s feminine conquests (and in spite of being reformed and having paid his debt to society, the tone of the whole book indicates pride in his achievements).
4 (out of 5) Stars
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