Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake

Registered by AM10000 of Sunnyvale, California USA on 5/16/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by AM10000 from Sunnyvale, California USA on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
When this true-crime story first appeared in 1980, it made the New York Times bestseller list within weeks. Two decades later, it's being rereleased in conjunction with a film version produced by DreamWorks. In the space of five years, Frank Abagnale passed $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. He did it by pioneering implausible and brazen scams, such as impersonating a Pan Am pilot (puddle jumping around the world in the cockpit, even taking over the controls). He also played the role of a pediatrician and faked his way into the position of temporary resident supervisor at a hospital in Georgia. Posing as a lawyer, he conned his way into a position in a state attorney general's office, and he taught a semester of college-level sociology with a purloined degree from Columbia University.
The kicker is, he was actually a teenage high school dropout. Now an authority on counterfeiting and secure documents, Abagnale tells of his years of impersonations, swindles, and felonies with humor and the kind of confidence that enabled him to pull off his poseur performances. "Modesty is not one of my virtues. At the time, virtue was not one of my virtues," he writes. In fact, he did it all for his overactive libido--he needed money and status to woo the girls. He also loved a challenge and the ego boost that came with playing important men. What's not disclosed in this highly engaging tale is that Abagnale was released from prison after five years on the condition that he help the government write fraud-prevention programs. So, if you're planning to pick up some tips from this highly detailed manifesto on paperhanging, be warned: this master has already foiled you.

Released 15 yrs ago (6/8/2007 UTC) at A Bookcrosser in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Sent today as part of the everybook VBB.. enjoy :)

Journal Entry 3 by Catwoman from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada on Monday, June 18, 2007
Arrived in the mail today. Thanks for sharing it!

Journal Entry 4 by Catwoman from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada on Friday, April 11, 2008
What a great story about someone who mastered social engineering before it became "fashionable" in this age of identity theft. Thanks for sharing this book with me.

Journal Entry 5 by Catwoman at Millenium Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada on Sunday, April 13, 2008

Released 14 yrs ago (4/13/2008 UTC) at Millenium Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada

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