By Jim Rogers
From Publishers Weekly
Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled worldwide, turning the journey into the booklet funding Biker, a hybrid of industrial suggestion and travelogue. That trip, even if, did not squelch his wanderlust. rather than having fun with his sedate lifestyles instructing finance, Rogers determined to take his fiancée and a souped-up Mercedes on a frighteningly excessive highway journey: 3 years, 116 international locations 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 long way too in short, of life-changing occasions like getting married and listening to of his father's dying, the booklet has an unusual point of detachment. additionally, even supposing Rogers stocks funding suggestion and observations in regards to the planet's political economies, his strategies are too normal to function company classes. the result's an event story with out middle and a finance e-book with no enamel. Rogers attempts to make up for this via describing reviews like consuming fried silkworms and gazing prostitutes stuck within the world's intercourse exchange. mostly, even though, he chronicles prosaic information, like taking automobile ferries and chatting with border guards, after which riffs on politics, funds, immigration and tradition.
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Rogers, a Wall road luck tale who has been referred to as "The Indiana Jones of Finance," as soon as rotated the planet on a motorbike, which landed him within the Guinness ebook of global documents and ended in 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, lots of that are infrequently visited, in a continual 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 statement at the political and historic topography of those diversified nations cuts via stereotypes to provide us a glimpse of the realm how it relatively is, for higher or worse. this can be a gutsy travelogue experience from a man who shoots directly from the hip, and it particularly hits the mark. David Siegfried
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