By Jim Rogers
From Publishers Weekly
Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled all over the world, turning the journey into the e-book funding Biker, a hybrid of commercial recommendation and travelogue. That trip, besides the fact that, didn't squelch his wanderlust. rather than having fun with his sedate existence instructing finance, Rogers determined to take his fiancée and a souped-up Mercedes on a frighteningly extreme street journey: 3 years, 116 international locations 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 if Rogers writes, a ways too in short, of life-changing occasions like getting married and listening to of his father's loss of life, the ebook has an unusual point of detachment. additionally, even supposing Rogers stocks funding recommendation and observations concerning the planet's political economies, his concepts are too normal to function company classes. the result's an experience story with out center and a finance ebook with out tooth. Rogers attempts to make up for this via describing stories like consuming fried silkworms and staring at prostitutes stuck within the world's intercourse exchange. mostly, 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 company info, Inc.
Rogers, a Wall road luck tale who has been referred to as "The Indiana Jones of Finance," as soon as turned around the planet on a bike, which landed him within the Guinness booklet of global files and ended in his first ebook, funding Biker (1994). In 1999 he set out on one other world-record force world wide in a custom-built yellow Mercedes convertible along with his fiancee, Paige Parker. beginning out in Iceland, the journey took 3 years and encompassed 116 international locations, a lot of that are infrequently visited, in a continuing 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 international list. Rogers' insightful observation at the political and historic topography of those assorted international locations cuts via stereotypes to provide us a glimpse of the realm how it fairly is, for greater or worse. it is a gutsy travelogue event from a man who shoots directly from the hip, and it fairly hits the mark. David Siegfried
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Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Investor's Road Trip by Jim Rogers