By Jim Rogers
From Publishers Weekly
Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled around the globe, turning the journey into the booklet funding Biker, a hybrid of commercial recommendation and travelogue. That trip, in spite of the fact that, 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 highway 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 though Rogers writes, a long way too in short, of life-changing occasions like getting married and listening to of his father's dying, the ebook has an unusual point of detachment. additionally, even if Rogers stocks funding recommendation and observations in regards to the planet's political economies, his techniques are too basic to function enterprise classes. the result's an experience story with no middle and a finance e-book with out the teeth. Rogers attempts to make up for this through describing stories like consuming fried silkworms and looking at prostitutes stuck within the world's intercourse exchange. regularly, notwithstanding, he chronicles prosaic info, 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 highway 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 e-book of worldwide documents and led to his first ebook, funding Biker (1994). In 1999 he set out on one other world-record force around the globe in a custom-built yellow Mercedes convertible along with his fiancee, Paige Parker. beginning out in Iceland, the journey took 3 years and encompassed 116 international locations, a lot of that are not often 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 global checklist. Rogers' insightful statement at the political and historic topography of those assorted international locations cuts via stereotypes to offer us a glimpse of the realm how it relatively is, for greater or worse. this can be a gutsy travelogue experience from a man who shoots instantly from the hip, and it relatively hits the mark. David Siegfried
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