- Taschenbuch: 392 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Auflage: Reprint (7. Dezember 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0812967267
- ISBN-13: 978-0812967265
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 2,1 x 20,3 cm
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Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Dezember 2004
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“My success in the market has been predicated on viewing
the world from a different perspective.”—Jim Rogers, “the Indiana Jones of finance” (Time magazine)
Drive . . . and grow rich!
The bestselling author of Investment Biker is back from the ultimate road trip: a three-year drive around the world that would ultimately set the Guinness record for the longest continuous car journey. In Adventure Capitalist, legendary investor Jim Rogers, dubbed "the Indiana Jones of finance" by "Time magazine, proves that the best way to profit from the global situation is to see the world mile by mile. "While I have never patronized a prostitute," he writes, "I know that one can learn more about a country from speaking to the madam of a brothel or a black marketeer than from meeting a foreign minister."
Behind the wheel of a sunburst-yellow, custom-built convertible Mercedes, Rogers and his fiancee, Paige Parker, began their "Millennium Adventure" on January 1, 1999, from Iceland. They traveled through 116 countries, including many where most have rarely ventured, such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Angola, Sudan, Congo, Colombia, and East Timor. They drove through war zones, deserts, jungles, epidemics, and blizzards. They had many narrow escapes.
They camped with nomads and camels in the western Sahara. They ate silkworms, iguanas, snakes, termites, guinea pigs, porcupines, crocodiles, and grasshoppers.
Best of all, they saw the real world from the ground up--the only vantage point from which it can be truly understood--economically, politically, and socially.
Here are just a few of the author's conclusions:
- The new commodity bull market has started.
- The twenty-first century will belong to China.
- There is a dramatic shortage of women developing in Asia.
- Pakistan is on the verge of disintegrating.
- India, like manyother large nations, will break into several countries.
- The Euro is doomed to fail.
- There are fortunes to be made in Angola.
- Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are a scam.
- Bolivia is a comer after decades of instability, thanks to gigantic amounts of natural gas.
Adventure Capitalist is the most opinionated, sprawling, adventurous journey you're likely to take within the pages of a book--the perfect read for armchair adventurers, global investors, car enthusiasts, and anyone interested in seeing the world and understanding it as it really is.
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The book itself is extremely superficial, and has little to do with investing. Most of the material is about getting visas, crossing borders, bribing officials, eating foods you won't find at home, the local sexual tourism activities, the state of the buildings, whose picture he took with a Polaroid camera, and whether or not Mr. Rogers had to hire a military convoy. In most countries, he notes how wrong his opinions were on his last visit during Investment Biker. So why will he be right this time?
Where he does draw conclusions, there is little support for his findings. A major theme is the start of a new upward commodity price cycle upward. You'll look long and hard without finding any evidence to support that conclusion.
The most interesting parts come, however, where he draws the opposite conclusion from what you have heard reported. For instance, Mr. Rogers found religion to be freely practiced by all faiths throughout China. He says that tourism is better in Tanzania than in Kenya. He recommends avoiding the climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. He reports well on the many ways that Americans annoy the rest of the world, and the harm done by nongovernmental organizations. The scams involving charity from the United States will also be an eye-opener.
This book will be most appealing to those who are considering driving through some of these countries. It's the only book I know of that provides realistic information about the road conditions and personal safety issues for such a large number of countries. You'll learn that it's best to drive a Mercedes because of the amazing string of dealerships that are described in the book (because all of the corrupt officials and most successful criminals around the world favor Mercedes-Benz automobiles).
For the most part, though, this is just a self-indulgent book about how a rich man uses his wealth and ingenuity to amuse himself.
If you want to read an intriguing book about investment-oriented travel, I recommend Investment Biker over this one.
After you finish the book, if you decide to read it, I suggest that you think about how you can help someone be a better investor. Who needs that help? What do they need to know? How can they learn those important facts?
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The book has massive appeal. It goes into the history, economics, and culture of each region. It gives a great analysis of countries economies (not the commentary you see on CNBC) and Rogers isn't afraid to speak his mind. His candid views make the book enjoyable.
Some countries are touched upon for only a few sentences, but others go into great depth (China, Russia, Africa). The book reads like a novel, and is a great reference for anyone looking to invest abroad. Curious about the euro or yen? How about commodity demand in China? What are some hot places to invest in Africa? Those questions and many others are answered in the book.
The pictures and stories of each region help the story come alive. For people studying abroad, taking a gap year, or thinking about travelling, Adventure Capitalist can serve as an excellent reference.
Do you know how Africa's geography will most likely change within the next two decades? Wonder how Apartheid is progressing in South Africa? The best African country to vacation in, and why? The freedom in China that we never hear about? The "feed the children" programs, and how they are corrupted once they ARRIVE in Africa?
I've focuses in on Africa here, but that's what I found most interesting. Again, you will not become an expert currency trader here, but you will attain valuable insight into world affairs.
The book contains both specific details on countries (Japan is at or near a bottom, where everyone's given up, and may be due a rebound. There's a bubble forming in US housing) as well as general views supporting free market economics. It also manages to be both profound and captivating. There are lessons worth pondering, but the story keeps grabbing you back. In the end, you'll be surprised at how much you learned.
The book also has a more mature tone than "Investment Biker". You can see some of the youthful enthusiasm at a world losing it's boundries replaced with concern over the troubles in today's world. Jim's prior viewpoint of a single man is replaced with coping with his father's mortality and the responsibility of a new family. It's as if the initial book was written by your older brother, while this was written by your dad.
I had a bias going in - "Investment Biker" was an eye opening book early in my career. This book still managed to exceed my expectations. It ranks with Friedman's "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" in explaining what's going on in the world, while maintaining a Paul Theroux view of the world from the low road. (Learning more from border crossings than from airports and red carpets) It's also been my top read of the year to date.
Pick it up! It's well worth it!