Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Investor's Road Trip

By Jim Rogers

From Publishers Weekly

Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled world wide, turning the journey into the e-book funding Biker, a hybrid of commercial recommendation and travelogue. That trip, even if, didn't squelch his wanderlust. rather than having fun with his sedate lifestyles instructing finance, Rogers determined to take his fiancée and a souped-up Mercedes on a frighteningly severe highway journey: 3 years, 116 nations and 152,000 miles. just like the motor vehicle that plowed via snow, dust, sand and highways on each continent, Rogers's memoir of the adventure is its personal breed. even though Rogers writes, a ways too in brief, of life-changing occasions like getting married and listening to of his father's demise, the ebook has an unusual point of detachment. additionally, even supposing Rogers stocks funding recommendation and observations in regards to the planet's political economies, his strategies are too common to function company classes. the result's an experience story with out center and a finance ebook with no enamel. Rogers attempts to make up for this by way of describing stories like consuming fried silkworms and looking at prostitutes stuck within the world's intercourse exchange. in most cases, notwithstanding, he chronicles prosaic information, like taking automobile ferries and speaking to border guards, after which riffs on politics, funds, immigration and tradition.
Copyright 2003 Reed enterprise details, Inc.

From Booklist

Rogers, a Wall road good fortune tale who has been known as "The Indiana Jones of Finance," as soon as rotated the planet on a bike, which landed him within the Guinness booklet of worldwide documents and led to his first ebook, funding Biker (1994). In 1999 he set out on one other world-record force worldwide in a custom-built yellow Mercedes convertible together with his fiancee, Paige Parker. beginning out in Iceland, the journey took 3 years and encompassed 116 nations, lots of that are not often visited, in a continual swath throughout Europe, the previous Soviet Republic, China, Africa, the center East, and the Americas. nobody had ever pushed overland following those routes, a complete of 152,000 miles, one other Guinness global checklist. Rogers' insightful remark at the political and historic topography of those various international locations cuts via stereotypes to provide us a glimpse of the area how it particularly is, for higher or worse. it is a gutsy travelogue experience from a man who shoots immediately from the hip, and it fairly hits the mark. David Siegfried
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Pass over international 2002 used to be Nigerian, however the contest for her successor needed to be moved to London as a result of spiritual riots. i don't count on that Nigeria will live to tell the tale as a state. “Jim Rogers? ” This time it was once now not a bike yet a black Toyota four-by-four, and never Madrid however the wilds of western Cameroon. Paige and that i have been refueling the Mercedes at a fuel station in Kumba and had attracted a fairly large crowd—soon we have been surrounded by way of what may perhaps competently be defined as a mob—when I heard my identify being known as through a guy whose neighborhood stature was once in basic terms marginally mirrored through his possession of a brand new sport-utility automobile. He used to be now not donning a go well with, yet his informal put on may were appropriate at any London cocktail occasion, and while he stepped out of the auto, the gang of a few 300 area people, the main filthy rich of whom have been donning denims, grew quiet. whilst he walked over to introduce himself, all stood apart to allow him via. His identify was once Mukete Ekale, which didn't inform me a lot approximately him. His identify was once Prince, which did. although lengthy for the reason that co-opted by means of the British and outweighed in real authority by way of the country’s president, Mukete’s father used to be nonetheless titular king of the sector surrounding the city of Kumba. proficient in England, Mukete had labored within the urban of London, that city’s monetary district, and had learn what I had written through the years, my articles and columns and my ebook. He remembered with satisfaction that I were confident on Cameroon some time past. right here at a fuel pump within the wilds of Africa—here in an equatorial rain wooded area the place i'd dine on armadillo, wild boar, and porcupine—I had run throughout a reader. The python is the resource of non secular strength within the animistic faith practiced via a majority of the folk in Benin. My barber in Gabon provided various trendy cuts. i presumed the malaria should have been kicking in. He invited us again to his domestic, a wide colonial plantation condominium at the outskirts of Kumba, the place we had lunch with him and his brother. (We observed them back within the capital, Yaoundé, and had dinner with them a few times. ) assembly his brother Godfrey in simple terms served to make the episode that rather more surreal. Godfrey, additionally a prince, used to be an Eli—Yale type of 1975. He was once approximately to move again to the USA to wait a category reunion. It used to be only one extra unbelievable come across in a trip that was once rife with them, yet informative as all of them have been. i may see the glorious possibilities in rubber, pineapples, and different agriculture in Cameroon. lower than executive course, growth have been pathetic, so i presumed of shopping for land and reviving construction. The brothers quick knowledgeable me that it used to be unlawful for foreigners to shop for land in Cameroon. I protested that new capital and services would offer jobs and source of revenue for everyone’s profit, yet they gravely rejected the assumption. I then learned that one cause land used to be so affordable used to be that almost all power dealers have been banned. Many Africans bitch that land is undervalued of their international locations, yet they carry it upon themselves.

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