Catch Me If You Can, Frank W. Abagnale’s legendary memoir of his remarkable life of crime and how he was captured and turned in by a security guard who befriended him during his famed frauds. This book details Abagnale’s escape from an Alabama prison in the mid-1940’s with a fellow inmate after having jumped out the toilet window, resulting in a bloody altercation with the prison guard who was on duty that night.
Frank Abagnale is famed for his extraordinary ability to impersonate other people and live under their identity for decades. As this book shows, Abagnale’s talents extended beyond those skills which we now think of as being those generally associated with con artists. He successfully fooled banks, doctors and airport officials, who each believed he was a flight attendant on an aircraft they were preparing to take off.
A real-life adventure story, Catch Me If You Can is the eye-opening true account of a young man who fooled the law, and became the subject of the highest level FBI interrogation in history. Based on Frank Abagnale’s own recordings, it reveals how he was able to con his way into several prestigious jobs before his 21st birthday, how he deceived detection at every stage, and recounts his amazing adventures as a spy. In this fascinating account, readers will discover why this criminal had a treasure trove of information about everyone in his world: doctors, lawyers and judges; police officers; federal agents; airlines; executives; judges and prosecutors; politicians.
In Catch Me If You Can, Frank W. Abagnale tells of his life as a super-criminal and master of disguise as he confronts family, friends and his own conscience in this fascinating memoir. Drawing on classic con men’s methods, including dressing like someone else to avoid being identified and carrying around a deck of cards that he could use to pass himself off as a doctor when need be, Abagnale reveals how he pulled off the largest cash transaction in history.
About Catch Me If You Can Book
Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, impostors and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious career, Abagnale donned a pilot’s uniform and co-piloted 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 cheques, all before he was 21 years old.
Known by the police of 26 foreign countries and all 50 US states as ‘The Skywayman’, Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the run – until the law finally caught up with him. Now recognized as America’s leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than=fiction international escapes – including one from an airplane – make Catch Me if You Can an irresistible tale of deceit.