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Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake

Catch Me If You Can: The True Story Of A Real Fake - Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding Catch Me If You Can is the story of Frank Abagnale, Jr - the most notorius white collar criminal in America. At the age of 16 he dropped out of school and started his criminal career by passing bad checks written on the savings account his father opened for him. The product of a broken home, he had been living with his father, a very successful businessman, the first time he engaged in a criminal scheme. His mom had insisted upon him spending a year in a reform school, and when he came out his dad had lost everything and surviving as a postman. Frank couldn't stomach the fall from grace his father suffered and set out to put himself on top of the mountain. He became an expert paperhanger and forger, leading the FBI on a wild goose chase across the country, and eventually made the jump to Europe. He was finally caught after five years, ironically after his retirement while he was living in seclusion in France.

Frank Abagnale's story was a a fascinating one. It is absolutely amazing that a teenage kid with such a limited education was able to fool so many people for so long. Even more amazing is that now he uses those exact same skills to educate banks and other companies on just how to avoid being scammed by someone like him. The book itself was written in a straightforward manner - just the facts, with no excuses made for what he did. It was a quick read and an intriguing insight into the mind of one of the most infamous criminals in recent history.