- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 7, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812967267
- ISBN-13: 978-0812967265
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
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Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip Paperback – December 7, 2004
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the world from a different perspective.”—Jim Rogers, “the Indiana Jones of finance” (Time magazine)
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Drive . . . and grow rich!
The bestselling author of Investment Biker is back from the ultimate road trip: a three-year drive around the world that would ultimately set the Guinness record for the longest continuous car journey. In Adventure Capitalist, legendary investor Jim Rogers, dubbed "the Indiana Jones of finance" by "Time magazine, proves that the best way to profit from the global situation is to see the world mile by mile. "While I have never patronized a prostitute," he writes, "I know that one can learn more about a country from speaking to the madam of a brothel or a black marketeer than from meeting a foreign minister."
Behind the wheel of a sunburst-yellow, custom-built convertible Mercedes, Rogers and his fiancee, Paige Parker, began their "Millennium Adventure" on January 1, 1999, from Iceland. They traveled through 116 countries, including many where most have rarely ventured, such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Angola, Sudan, Congo, Colombia, and East Timor. They drove through war zones, deserts, jungles, epidemics, and blizzards. They had many narrow escapes.
They camped with nomads and camels in the western Sahara. They ate silkworms, iguanas, snakes, termites, guinea pigs, porcupines, crocodiles, and grasshoppers.
Best of all, they saw the real world from the ground up--the only vantage point from which it can be truly understood--economically, politically, and socially.
Here are just a few of the author's conclusions:
- The new commodity bull market has started.
- The twenty-first century will belong to China.
- There is a dramatic shortage of women developing in Asia.
- Pakistan is on the verge of disintegrating.
- India, like manyother large nations, will break into several countries.
- The Euro is doomed to fail.
- There are fortunes to be made in Angola.
- Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are a scam.
- Bolivia is a comer after decades of instability, thanks to gigantic amounts of natural gas.
Adventure Capitalist is the most opinionated, sprawling, adventurous journey you're likely to take within the pages of a book--the perfect read for armchair adventurers, global investors, car enthusiasts, and anyone interested in seeing the world and understanding it as it really is.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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He makes a lot of predictions and now with the passage of time we can see that he wasn't always correct. On the other hand I loved his take on various world situations.
My only issue is that he portrays this trip as a 2-person trip wth a Mercedes. Most of the time it was a 5-person trip with a big truck behind them. Having a film crew with you changes the dynamic of the story.
The book has massive appeal. It goes into the history, economics, and culture of each region. It gives a great analysis of countries economies (not the commentary you see on CNBC) and Rogers isn't afraid to speak his mind. His candid views make the book enjoyable.
Some countries are touched upon for only a few sentences, but others go into great depth (China, Russia, Africa). The book reads like a novel, and is a great reference for anyone looking to invest abroad. Curious about the euro or yen? How about commodity demand in China? What are some hot places to invest in Africa? Those questions and many others are answered in the book.
The pictures and stories of each region help the story come alive. For people studying abroad, taking a gap year, or thinking about travelling, Adventure Capitalist can serve as an excellent reference.
Everyone is going to have their favorite parts of the book, and for me it was the trek through Africa. I found the traversing of Angola most interesting because of the way I was able to match it up with one of my all-time favorite books, Ryszard Kapuscinski's "Another Day of Life."
One of the best features of the book is Jim Rogers' blunt take on matters. This guy worked with George Soros, made his money and cashed out at 37. So, he owes no one. As a result, you get an unvarished take on all sorts of matters like immigration ("open the gates"), NGOs (to say he despises them falls a bit short of capturing his distaste), gambling (strongly against - which leads to a good take on why investing is the antithesis of gambling), Pinochet ("clearly guilty of crimes against humanity"), Pemex ('an inefficient operation run by corrupt officials on bloated paychecks")...you get the idea. There's chapter after chapter of red meat like that.
'Aventure Capitalist' is really worth your time.
The lion's share of the book is dedicated to developing countries, which is sensible given that these countries rarely get much attention in the press (as long as floods, earthquakes or wars stay away). One common observation across developing countries all over the world is the NGO-bureaucrats, living like kings in foreign countries. Backed by their own governments money, driving around in their 4WHs to tell the local people how stupid they are. This is a recurring point throughout the book, a point he makes really well. Rogers' anger towards the whole developing aid industry, which ruins the business for local entrepreneurs and destroys the knowledge of farming, is very visible.
So what about the investment opportunities? Rogers is clearly disappointed, closing as many accounts as he opens. He endorses the capitalist spirit of China (the president understands exchange derivatives!), and finds some good places in Africa. A running theme is to look at a countries demographics to forecast its future. Government bureaucrats are getting on his nerves everywhere, however, especially in the border controls.
But Adventure Capitalist is a good read, and excellent for airports and the like. Easy available to all readers, particularly to those with the slightest of interest in economics or finance.