This book is by Ross Douthat who was a Harvard graduate and the youngest Op-Ed journalist in the New York Times history. He’s also a Protestant-turned-Catholic and provides an interesting perspective outside of Evangelicalism about Evangelicalism. I appreciate his candor and his writing of this book because it actually resonates what Dr. David Wells has been preaching about since his first book (which I reviewed earlier this year) “No Place for Truth” in 1994.
I saw this movie back in the day and thought it was interesting. So I picked up the audiobook version of it. The man who read it is named, “Barrett Whitener.” He is the same man who did the audiobook for “Confederacy of Dunces” which I reviewed earlier this year. And he is basically amazing. He is really what made this book really interesting and entertaining and I look forward to hearing more by him.
The book itself is about con-man Frank Abagnale Jr. Estranged from his family early in his life, Frank ran away from home as a high school dropout. For the next couple of years, he would go on to con hundreds of banks in a fake-check scheme posing as a Pan Am pilot. He partied in every major city in Europe; he stole somewhere in the 2.5 million dollar range; he posed as a Doctor in Atlanta; a lawyer in New Orleans; and he rode probably hundreds of airplanes for free posing as a pilot.
Have you ever gotten 100 pages into a book and realized that you hate it, but since you’re so far in, you have to finish?
That was this book in a nutshell for me. I am no anglophile, and the title of the book is so much more appealing that the contents.
Let me try to see if I can draw some conclusions about this book:
England in the early 1600’s was a complex machine. By the 1640’s, there was a parliament but it acted as an advisory council and had little real power. The English have always had spats with the Scotts, and by the middle 1640’s, the two were pitted against each other: the Royalists were loyal to the King of England and the Parliamentarians were, obviously, loyal to Parliament.