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

Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
Catch Me If You Can The True Story of a Real Fake
Author: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
ISBN-13: 9780767905381
ISBN-10: 0767905385
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 216 ratings
Publisher: Broadway
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS
At least 15 years ago after hearing Mr. Abagnale's exploits discussed on the radio, I read this book. I've repeatedly encouraged others to read this audacious autobiography.
Suffice it to say, the long-awaited movie with DiCaprio and Hanks didn't begin to depict Mr. Abagnale's insanely uninhabited early life. It's unlikely the most illustrious writer of fiction could create such hilarious hijinks and unnerving escapades. Mr. Abagnale's many off-the-cuff impersonations and miraculous escapes were astounding, especially for someone too young to vote!
Read the book. You won't be disappointed.
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Helpful Score: 3
I haven't seen the movie but would love to after reading this amazing true story. This guy was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters and escape artists in history. this is a hilarious account of his life which is stranger than fiction and captivated me from the first page to the last!
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I had seen the movie and wanted to read the book because the books are usually better than the movies. It was a very interesting book and interesting to see the differences between it and the movie. Frank Abagnale was a very gifted individual to pull off all of the scams and impersonations that he did. It is good to know that he used his giftedness to eventally lead a successful life that helped society. I read a lot of true crime and this was a nice change of pace from the rapes and murders.
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Fascinating autobiography about Frank W. Abagnale's life. Well written, a fast and easy read that keeps you turning the pages. Terrific book!
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Inspired the Spielberg movie of the same name, starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. A great yarn. You won't believe some of the things this guy did.
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have you seen the movie? the book is better...
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a truly fascinating read, plus i loved the movie
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What a fun read. True crime,adventure!
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"Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake" is a very fascinating and fun story. While not as flowing as the movie, the book seems much more realistic and true to life, containing many of Abagnale's earlier mistakes and lessons learned that were not shown in the movie.
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A really good book, better than the movie with so much more that Frank Abagnale did.
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MUCH better than the movie! This true crime/memoir reads very much like fiction, and it's a facinating read! I can't imagine how he got away with everything he did - $2.5 million in bad checks, impersonating a pilot, a doctor, a laywer and SO much more!
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During his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted 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 cased over $2.5 million in forged checks--all before he was twenty-one.
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Fun book to read. Amazing what this guy got away with.
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Awesome book - keeps you interested the whole way through.
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If you think the movie is hard to believe just wait until you read the book. The most amazing part is that it is a true story of an amazing man who has turned his life around from a life of crime to changing security measures to help protect us all.
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One of those books that you just can't put down-you can't wait to see who he'll fool next !
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THis is a fun quick read, based on a true story, it sets your imagination wild.
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This is an amazing story! I recommend this fun, quick read to anyone, it will make you grateful for the security measures we have in place today!
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Ironic that such a dedicated lawbreaker writes a book and pulls down big bucks as a security consultant.
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It is captivating to see how Abagnale tricked everyone. Great book....and better than the movie!
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I loved this book so much that I reread it the moment I was done. So much better than the movie. It amazing what this guy was able to get away with!
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Absolutely loved this book! If you like the movie then this is a must-read, because this goes with it completely.
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It was a little slow at first but once I got into it it was fast moving, funny, hard to believe but yet believable. Enjoyed it very much.
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This was a good read! I have to rent the movie again, now! It did have some language, but it was a fun book. :)
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Loved this, bought two copies!
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The true adventures of Frank Abagnale, one of the most daring con men, forger, impostor and escape artists in history. You will be amazed at the stunts he successfully pulls off. Hilarious, and stranger-than-fiction. Made into a movie.
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The autobiography that spawned the movie. Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding have collaborated to write a fast-paced story in clear, understandable language that reads like a novel.
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Entertaining. More detail than the movie. Fun
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The book was better than the movie...as usual.
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Detailed and entertaining description of how the author got away with fraud and forgery on a massive scale--for a while. You'll be surprised to learn what he does for a living now.

I haven't seen the movie, but I'm told that the part about the French prison is not included, and that is the best part of the book.
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During his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted 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 cased over $2.5 million in forged checks--all before he was twenty-one. TRUE CRIME
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Saw this on Broadway years ago. REally enjoyed reading the book. Then found the movie in our local library and enjoyed that as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!