By Jim Rogers
From Publishers Weekly
Financier Rogers retired at 37 and motorcycled around the globe, turning the journey into the e-book funding Biker, a hybrid of industrial recommendation and travelogue. That trip, although, did not squelch his wanderlust. rather than having fun with his sedate existence educating finance, Rogers determined to take his fiancée and a souped-up Mercedes on a frighteningly severe 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 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 e-book has an unusual point of detachment. additionally, even if Rogers stocks funding suggestion and observations in regards to the planet's political economies, his options are too basic to function enterprise classes. the result's an experience story with out middle and a finance booklet with out the teeth. Rogers attempts to make up for this by way of describing studies like consuming fried silkworms and staring at prostitutes stuck within the world's intercourse exchange. in most cases, notwithstanding, he chronicles prosaic info, like taking automobile ferries and speaking to border guards, after which riffs on politics, funds, immigration and tradition.
Copyright 2003 Reed enterprise info, Inc.
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 bike, which landed him within the Guinness publication of global files and ended in his first publication, funding Biker (1994). In 1999 he set out on one other world-record force around the globe 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 international locations, lots of that are hardly 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 observation at the political and old topography of those different international locations cuts via stereotypes to offer us a glimpse of the realm how it rather is, for higher or worse. it is a gutsy travelogue event from a man who shoots instantly from the hip, and it particularly hits the mark. David Siegfried
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To become a climber was to join a self-contained, rabidly idealistic society, largely unnoticed and surprisingly uncorrupted by the world at large. The culture of ascent was characterized by intense competition and undiluted machismo, but for the most part, its constituents were concerned with impressing only one another. Getting to the top of any given mountain was considered much less important than how one got there: prestige was earned by tackling the most unforgiving routes with minimal equipment, in the boldest style imaginable.