Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Jim Rogers' Ultimate Road Trip (George F. Smith)

George F. Smith on the fascinating experiences of investment guru Jim Rogers and his wife Paige:

Anyone who publicly calls for the abolition of the Fed gets my attention. Add to his resume the fact that he rode a motorcycle across China once, circled the planet on the ground twice (the second time with his beautiful bride), ran the New York City marathon three times, and is one of the world’s most successful investors as well as a best-selling author, and I’ll sit and take notes.

I did my note-taking while reading Jim Rogers’s book, Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip, which documents his world-spanning odyssey at the turn of the century with his wife, Paige Parker. Unlike other books you can’t stop reading, Rogers ’s narrative doesn’t grip you so much with the tension of what might lie ahead, though there’s certainly some of that. Instead, it holds you prisoner with fascinating detail and anecdotes written from a perspective few of us will ever experience. He also elucidates the political and economic background of the places they visit from a refreshingly free-market, libertarian orientation.

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