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Thursday, July 04, 2013

A Nearly Perfect Con-Man

I’m pretty sure there are con-woman books, too, but the characters that come to my mind are all men.  Why is that?
There’s Catch Me If You Can : The Amazing True Story of The Youngest and Most Daring Con Man in The History of Fun and Profit by Frank W. Abagnale.   It was made into a great movie.  The DVD has an extra feature.  It is a very entertaining interview with Frank Abagnale himself who seemed to be quite pleased with DiCaprio impersonating him.
Recently I saw a PBS American Experience documentary The Rockefellers.  Quite interesting since I just finished reading The Man in The Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor by Mark Seal.  The Man in The Rockefeller Suite
Across the Atlantic, Ronnie Cornwell, John le Carre’s father makes an appearance in The Perfect Spy as Rick Pym, the father of Magnus Pym in le Carre’s thinly disguised autobiographical fiction.
I wonder if anyone did a study on the con-men vs con-women.  Maybe women never get caught.  I posed the question to my colleague.  She said, “also it wasn’t really an occupation open to women?”

    Megumi L.

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