Author(s): Jim Rogers
A gripping tale of adventure, danger and humor, peppered with investment tips from a Wall Street legend The best-selling author of Investment Biker takes a fascinating journey through the world's economic situation in a convertible yellow Mercedes. This is the motivating story of entrepreneur Jim Rogers, dubbed "the Indiana Jones of finance" by Time magazine, who made his fortune playing the stock market and then embarked on his lifelong dream adventure. Together with his fiancee, Paige Parker, he set out on a three-year drive around the world that would ultimately set the Guinness world record for the longest continuous car journey. Their trip winds its way through 116 countries - through blizzards, deserts, epidemics and war zones - to discover failing economies and the new boom countries not from dry and potentially flawed statistics, but by experiencing life itself. This is a gripping tale of travel and adventure; along the way they encounter danger, love and farce. It is also a highly readable account of world economies: you won't find a more enjoyable way to be introduced to the investment potential of Bolivia, or the cultural changes afoot in North Korea. Finally it is also an inward journey in which Rogers moves from the restless traveler to husband and father, hoping one day to introduce his daughter to his own passion for travel.
Born in 1942, Jim Rogers had his first job at age five, picking up bottles at baseball games. Winning a scholarship to Yale, Rogers was coxswain on the crew. Upon graduation, he attended Balliol College at Oxford. After a stint in the army, he began work on Wall Street. He cofounded the Quantum Fund, a global-investment partnership. During the next ten years, the portfolio gained more than 4,000 percent, while the S&P rose less than 50 percent. Rogers then decided to retire - at age thirty-seven - but he did not remain idle. Continuing to manage his own portfolio, Rogers served as a professor of finance at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and as moderator of The Dreyfus Roundtable on WCBS and The Profit Motive on FNN. At the same time, he laid the groundwork for his lifelong dream, an around-the-world motorcycle trip: more than 100,000 miles across six continents. That journey became the subject of Rogers's first book, Investment Biker (1994), available from John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. While laying plans for his Millennium Adventure 1999-2001, he conti nued as a media commentator at Worth, CNBC, et al., and as a sometime professor.
part one: 19991. A Yellow Mercedes.2. Young Turks.3. The Coming Catastrophe of Central Asia.4. The Best Capitalists Are in Communist China.5. A New Asian Crisis: A Shortage of Girls.6. Digital Mongolia.7. The Wedding.part two: 20008. Into Africa.9. My Broker in Ghana.10. Whirling Dervishes.11. Arabian Nights. part three: 2001 12. Sixty Million of Us Wash Away Our Sins.13. The Road from Mandalay.14. Playing Detective in La Paz.15. My Father's Grave.16. Home Again.Appendix.Index.