By Jim Rogers
From Publishers Weekly
Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled all over the world, turning the journey into the ebook funding Biker, a hybrid of industrial suggestion and travelogue. That trip, besides the fact that, didn't squelch his wanderlust. rather than having fun with his sedate existence instructing finance, Rogers made up our minds 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 if Rogers stocks funding suggestion and observations concerning the planet's political economies, his techniques 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 by way of describing stories like consuming fried silkworms and gazing prostitutes stuck within the world's intercourse alternate. as a rule, although, he chronicles prosaic info, like taking automobile ferries and speaking to border guards, after which riffs on politics, cash, 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 turned around the planet on a motorbike, which landed him within the Guinness e-book of worldwide files and led to his first booklet, 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 hardly ever 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 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 fairly is, for greater or worse. this can be a gutsy travelogue event from a man who shoots instantly from the hip, and it fairly hits the mark. David Siegfried
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