By Jim Rogers
From Publishers Weekly
Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled world wide, turning the journey into the booklet funding Biker, a hybrid of industrial suggestion and travelogue. That trip, in spite of the fact that, did not squelch his wanderlust. rather than having fun with his sedate existence instructing finance, Rogers determined to take his fiancée and a souped-up Mercedes on a frighteningly extreme street journey: 3 years, 116 international locations and 152,000 miles. just like the motor vehicle that plowed via snow, dust, sand and highways on each continent, Rogers's memoir of the adventure is its personal breed. even supposing Rogers writes, a long way too in short, of life-changing occasions like getting married and listening to of his father's loss of life, the publication has an unusual point of detachment. additionally, although Rogers stocks funding recommendation and observations concerning the planet's political economies, his ideas are too common to function company classes. the result's an experience story with out center and a finance booklet with no enamel. Rogers attempts to make up for this through describing studies like consuming fried silkworms and observing prostitutes stuck within the world's intercourse alternate. normally, although, he chronicles prosaic information, like taking motor vehicle ferries and speaking to border guards, after which riffs on politics, funds, immigration and tradition.
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Rogers, a Wall road good fortune tale who has been known 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 world wide 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 not often visited, in a continual swath throughout Europe, the previous Soviet Republic, China, Africa, the center East, and the Americas. not anyone 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 ancient 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. this can be a gutsy travelogue experience from a man who shoots instantly from the hip, and it particularly hits the mark. David Siegfried
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