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Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip Hardcover – May 13, 2003
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Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled around the world, turning the trip into the book Investment Biker, a hybrid of business advice and travelogue. That journey, however, failed to squelch his wanderlust. Instead of enjoying his sedate life teaching finance, Rogers decided to take his fiancée and a souped-up Mercedes on a frighteningly intense road trip: three years, 116 countries and 152,000 miles. Like the car that plowed through snow, mud, sand and highways on every continent, Rogers's memoir of the journey is its own breed. Although Rogers writes, far too briefly, of life-changing events like getting married and hearing of his father's death, the book has an uncommon level of detachment. Also, even though Rogers shares investment advice and observations about the planet's political economies, his thoughts are too general to serve as business lessons. The result is an adventure tale without heart and a finance book without teeth. Rogers tries to make up for this by describing experiences like eating fried silkworms and watching prostitutes caught in the world's sex trade. Mainly, though, he chronicles prosaic details, like taking car ferries and talking to border guards, and then riffs on politics, money, immigration and culture.
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Rogers, a Wall Street success story who has been called "The Indiana Jones of Finance," once circled the planet on a motorcycle, which landed him in The Guinness Book of World Records and resulted in his first book, Investment Biker (1994). In 1999 he set out on another world-record drive around the world in a custom-built yellow Mercedes convertible with his fiancee, Paige Parker. Starting out in Iceland, the trip took three years and encompassed 116 countries, many of which are rarely visited, in a continuous swath across Europe, the former Soviet Republic, China, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. No one had ever driven overland following these routes, a total of 152,000 miles, another Guinness world record. Rogers' insightful commentary on the political and historical topography of these diverse countries cuts through stereotypes to give us a glimpse of the world the way it really is, for better or worse. This is a gutsy travelogue adventure from a guy who shoots straight from the hip, and it really hits the mark. David Siegfried
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Do you know how Africa's geography will most likely change within the next two decades? Wonder how Apartheid is progressing in South Africa? The best African country to vacation in, and why? The freedom in China that we never hear about? The "feed the children" programs, and how they are corrupted once they ARRIVE in Africa?
I've focuses in on Africa here, but that's what I found most interesting. Again, you will not become an expert currency trader here, but you will attain valuable insight into world affairs.
First of all, the writing is very choppy - short sentences and the focus constantly jumps around. Often only a couple of sentences are given to support an opinion (he states that Calcutta is a great place and that the guidebooks are all wrong, then supports that statement with a very short paragraph about how some prostitutes there were organizing a worker's union to improve their life, then it was off to the next place). Some of his statements are naive and obviously solely based on his brief and random interactions with a few people in the countries that he visited.
I would have preferred greater separation between his observations as a traveller and his observations as a succesful investor. As it is, I came off with the feeling that his succes was based on pure luck..which is wrong I know but he should have represented himself better.
On the positive side the author does give a few well placed insights into where things are going wrong today in terms of aid to poor nations, and foreign policy to our enemies.
Following Jim's web leads I bought this book and his previous book of travelling on the bike.
The books glued me on the chair for many fun reading hours. It brought me to the world that I never could go and imagen. Europe, Eurosia, Asia, Siberia, Africa, S. America... All facinates me. His first hand investigative way to understand the economic status of each country makes those wall street analysts in the dust. For those who can not travel, do not have means to travel but wants to know what is happening in those countries, these two books provide an entry to explorations. If any one looks for a tip what to invest, this book probably will disappoint you. It does not provide much of that but fresh perspective to see the world.
Get ready what Rogers has to say on "why thew whole world should operate without passports", "why one should hire Cubans risking their lives trying to escape Cuba", or "on the history of over-extension of empires such as Great Britain, Spain or the USA".
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