Sunday Book Club – Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding

Every Sunday we are taking a look at the world of books. I read a lot and always want to share my opinions on what I read, so I thought it would be fun to write reviews. Today we are going to look at the true story of Frank Abagnale.

Catch Me If You Can (1980)

Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding


Frank W Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams and Ringo Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters 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 a member of hospital management, practised law without a licence, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as ‘The Skywayman’, Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the run – until the law caught up with him. Now recognised as the nation’s leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades and ingenious escapes – including one from an aeroplane – make CATCH ME IF YOU CAN an irresistable tale of deceit.

– from Amazon

Positive Points

This book was really easy to get into and at times you cannot believe that it is all based on truth. There are so many parts of the book that are crazy that you cannot believe that it actually happened. It is one of those books that you need to read just to believe it.

Negative Points

At times near the end it can feel a bit like it is dragging but apart from that there is not really any negatives. I think maybe the prison section is very dark and also shocking and something you don’t realise happens.

Overall Review

I never saw the film when I read this book (and I still have not although I would like to) and I found it a really interesting read. I went into it not really knowing what to expect and it took me on a journey that was interesting and shocking at times. It was one of those books that was really easy to get into.

Rating : **** 4 Stars

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