What is the summary for Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Made currently popular by the modern movie starting Leonardo Di Caprio, this book about a real-life conman is interesting and suspenseful from the start.

This is a true story about Frank Abagnale, one of the most famous frauds in history.  As a man who has numerous aliases including Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, the true "Frank" says it best:

I stole every nickel and blew it on fine threads, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes, and other sensual goodies.  I partied in every capital in Europe and basked on all the world's most famous beaches.

In the pages of this work of literature about Frank, you will find all of the above to be true about him.  Probably the most important detail about Frank is that he carried out most of his exploits wearing a professional pilot's uniform for Pan Am.  In this way, he was able to wheedle his way in as co-pilot for numerous flights. 

In further cons, Frank also poses as a doctor in a hospital, a lawyer, and a professor.  As he "did" these jobs, he would cash almost three million dollars in forged checks and live an exorbitant life all in his early twenties.  Charming to the last, Frank lives out an ostentatious life until he is caught in his glory.

In conclusion, it's important to note that Frank is often called "The Skywayman" in almost thirty countries where he failed to get snagged by the law.

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