- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media Corp (August 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558505296
- ISBN-13: 978-1558505292
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,234,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Rogers became a Wall Street legend when he and George Soros founded the Quantum Fund. This is the fascinating story of his 1990 investing trip around the world by motorcycle, with many tidbits of hard-headed advice for investing in foreign markets.
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- Road conditions and interesting sites along the way (e.g., Great Wall, Sahara Desert, Trans-Siberian Railroad, Red Square, Congo River, Victoria Falls, etc.);
- Investment climate in most countries;
- World history and politics (his bachelor's degrees in these subjects - Yale and Oxford - are quite apparent and his tales are enlightening);
- Motorcycle maintenance issues he and "Tabitha" encounter
- A very healthy dose of his philosophy of economics: his distaste for socialist or communist (statist) governments and affection for market-based economies;
- Many tales of the challenges of crossing international borders, especially in Asia, Africa, and South America;
- Small amounts of insight into his relationship with "Tabitha." It is pretty clear to me that their relationship is sexual, but it is totally unclear to me if she is Paige Parker to whom he is currently married and who travels with him on a later, more extensive trip around the world (1999-2002);
- The black market for all sorts of purposes, chiefly for currency exchange, but also for gasoline and other expendables.
If you are catching my drift, I felt he tried to cover too much material. Clearly, he is a man of superior intellect, and I suspect he has a great deal to share and he doesn't feel inclined to hold back. The problem for me was just when I was focused on the road conditions in Siberia (or lack of roads), this theme does not carry forward. When you're biking around the world, road conditions would seem to be an imperative topic anywhere that they are problematic. But suddenly, he doesn't mention the roads for quite some time (distance) and you are learning about historic sites, war zones, "Tabitha's" pondering if she should continue the trip, or many other topics.
I do recommend the book (purchased through Amazon--paperback), because I learned so much about so many varied topics. It is also a credit to Rogers that his economic predictions are often spot-on, even viewed with benefit of hindsight some twenty years after he wrote the book.
The one prediction he totally nailed though was the decline of the United States. Everything he predicted that would happen in the United States has, and it, happening.
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--inspires you to have an adventure too:)