Catch Me If You Can
by Frank W. Abagnale
Broadway Books, 2000. 277 pgs. Nonfiction
This book is advertised as "The True Story of a Real Fake" and it's just as fun as it sounds! Fans of the 2002 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks will enjoy reading an in-depth account of Frank Abagnale's adventures. In the late 1960s, he was one of the world's youngest and most sought-after con men. In his short criminal career, he impersonated a Pan Am pilot, worked for over a month as the supervising resident of a hospital, taught sociology as a college professor, and practiced law without a license. His specialty was forging and he cashed in over $2.5 million in fake checks before the age of twenty one! Abagnale is charming, quick-witted, and was able fool almost everyone he came into contact with. The reader feels like he always has good intentions, even though he's committing serious federal crimes!
I truly enjoyed this book; it is nonfiction but it reads like fiction! I was blown away by the things Abagnale was able to get away with. In today's digital age, he certainly wouldn't be able to do the same! This book is available in our digital library as well as in audiobook format. What makes his story even more fun is that Abagnale has now worked as a fraud consultant for the FBI for almost fifty years. He even owns his own financial fraud consultancy company!