Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Investor's Road Trip

By Jim Rogers

From Publishers Weekly

Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled around the globe, turning the journey into the e-book funding Biker, a hybrid of industrial recommendation and travelogue. That trip, notwithstanding, did not squelch his wanderlust. rather than having fun with his sedate lifestyles instructing finance, Rogers made up our minds to take his fiancée and a souped-up Mercedes on a frighteningly extreme street journey: 3 years, 116 nations and 152,000 miles. just like the automobile 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 brief, of life-changing occasions like getting married and listening to of his father's dying, the ebook has an unusual point of detachment. additionally, although Rogers stocks funding recommendation and observations concerning the planet's political economies, his strategies are too basic to function company classes. the result's an event story with no center and a finance booklet with no enamel. Rogers attempts to make up for this via describing studies like consuming fried silkworms and gazing prostitutes stuck within the world's intercourse exchange. almost always, even though, he chronicles prosaic info, like taking vehicle ferries and speaking to border guards, after which riffs on politics, cash, immigration and tradition.
Copyright 2003 Reed enterprise info, Inc.

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Rogers, a Wall road good fortune tale who has been referred to as "The Indiana Jones of Finance," as soon as rotated the planet on a bike, which landed him within the Guinness publication of worldwide documents and led to his first ebook, funding Biker (1994). In 1999 he set out on one other world-record force worldwide in a custom-built yellow Mercedes convertible together with his fiancee, Paige Parker. beginning out in Iceland, the journey took 3 years and encompassed 116 nations, 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 remark at the political and historic topography of those different international locations cuts via stereotypes to offer us a glimpse of the area how it relatively is, for higher or worse. it is a gutsy travelogue event from a man who shoots instantly from the hip, and it rather hits the mark. David Siegfried
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Later Paige and that i had dinner with Axel Arendt and his spouse, Uta. Axel, the director of Mercedes-Benz Turkey, instructed me that Mercedes was once production buses there. “You can get Mercedes caliber in Turkey? ” I requested. “Absolutely,” he answered. “The similar caliber we get in Germany. ” caliber as excessive as in Germany. I made him repeat it. back, I admit, i used to be surprised. “And we get an identical caliber a lot, a lot cheaper,” he stated. “We’re including skill the following. ” i used to be talking with an govt from Mercedes-Benz, with its world wide acceptance for terribly dear, tremendous top of the range, precision engineering. And he used to be telling me that a similar top of the range that comes out of Germany is now popping out of Turkey. more cost-effective. My enthusiasm for making an investment persevered to develop, till, i assume you may say, etymology intervened. Passing via Germany, we had ordered a vehicle conceal to be made for the G-Wagen. It had now not been prepared by the point we left, so I had it despatched to me in Turkey. It arrived on the airport in Istanbul, introduced by means of DHL. “Have it despatched over the following to the hotel,” I acknowledged. “We can’t simply carry it to you,” acknowledged the caller from the courier provider. “You need to come to the airport to get it. ” and that's whilst the derivation of the be aware “Byzantine” departed the area of the in basic terms semantic. Redeeming the auto hide at Turkish Customs used to be an complex mosaic of reputable strategy. i used to be compelled to spend a number of hours vacationing a number of places of work, procuring greater than a dozen stamps, and purchasing $75 worthy of allows for a tarp that expense not more than $150, as if I have been uploading it on the market. I went from place of work to workplace, filling out numerous varieties, desirous about a section of rubberized fabric, a customized automobile disguise that used to be of no need to a person yet me, that i used to be putting off of the rustic. the next day to come, as success may have it, my battered computer arrived from manhattan. And again to the airport I went. This time I needed to see twenty-two separate officers, a few of them 3 and 4 instances … extra stamps, extra varieties, from side to side … and acquire numerous dozen records. After days in a row of facing Turkish forms, i presumed two times approximately making an investment in Turkey. nonetheless i couldn't forget about the robust symptoms of monetary development. With the autumn of communism and the hole up of the previous vital Asian republics, Turkey is in a different place to use the huge new industry rising on its jap border, much better located than any western eu nation to take action. As a part of the Ottoman Empire, valuable Asia was managed by way of Turkey. Their languages, faith, historical past, and cultures are comparable. In Turkmenistan, i might realize that the Mercedes broker was once a tender Turk—indeed in either meanings of the note, having long gone there to take advantage of the hot financial frontier. From the Black Sea to Tashkent, as we traveled east during the land of the outdated Islamic caliphates, we'd locate Turks in all places we went, filling the vacuum created by way of the autumn of the Soviet Union and the withdrawal of the Russians. for many years Turkey has been attempting to develop into a part of the ecu Union.

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