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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pan Books,
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330467883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330467889
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,681,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bachelier on March 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Around the World in 80 Trades is wonderful adventure LadLit that follows the author's adventures roughly along the old silk route around the world trying to turn a profit from investments he makes in working capital (camels, coffee, tea, jade, horses, rugs, fish, timber, etc.).

It is written in a light, self deprecating style that is welcome in that the ex-banker turned author-adventurer Conor Woodman does want to make a profit but doesn't take himself too seriously. He hits just the right tone throughout, and the wry humor in the context of his full disclosure of his successes and failures makes for easy, compelling reading.

The book is the result of a companion series broadcast on the UK's Channel Four, but international audiences will not be deprived by missing the video and just reading this fascinating adventure.

Woodman begins and ends his journey in London, over the course of less than a year, and the year is 2008. He returns to a London devastated by the global financial crisis, and closes the book with some wise observations concerning humanity's ongoing global trading culture of interlocking markets (and he doesn't mean electronically linked exchanges, he means roads and clearings serving as places of exchange for goods).

Throughout the book you end up easily sharing with Woodman his successes and failures and end up rooting for him all the way. I won't spoil the fun for future readers, but let's just say there are surprises and tension all the way to the end.

This is an excellent book for economists, adventure lovers, thriller readers, traders, bankers, pop economics readers, or even housewives (my wife also loved the book and counts it among her favorites in years).

Highly recommended and the best book of 2009 already! Riveting!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erez Davidi on October 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
The background of Woodman's story is fairly simple. Woodman worked as an analyst in an American investment firm in London, enjoying a high income and living in a trendy apartment. After the 2008 credit crisis, he realized he wanted more from life. And so he decided to travel the world in order to see with his own eyes how trade really works in the real world.

Woodman started his journey in Sudan, where he tries to buy camels and later on sell them in Egypt. His journey takes him to various countries while trading in a variety of different merchandise, such as tea, fish, surfboards, timber, wine, horses. Ultimately, he wants to achieve the goal of doubling his $50K through simple trading of buying products in country A and selling them in country B, while at the same time learning how trade is conducted on the ground. Woodman's experiences are often hilarious and always entertaining. The writing is lucid and light, which makes "Around the World in 80 Trades" a highly enjoyable adventure book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Erasmus on May 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book, although I was really hoping for a bit more of an experience.

One thing that distracted me from the story was that a blatant mistake was made in identifying one of the South Africa rugby teams, quite early on in the book. This cast a doubt for me on any of the other facts mentioned.
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