Rogers and his fiancée, 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:
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.
©2003 Jim Rogers; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
Having just listened to this book, start to finish, I came back hoping to find the unabridged version so I could listen to it again but this time with more detail. Captivating and motivating with no BS, this book was one of a few that I have listened to recently that held my attention completely both as an experienced traveler and entreprenuer.
I was so entertained with this book that I could not stop listening until it was done. You might just want to get a map to follow along when you listen because it is truly amazing the places that Jim Rogers takes you.
Some people might not like his opinionated style, but I found it quite refreshing. His opinions on things like NGO's are a lot more on target than many of the world's policy makers, most probably because he has actually visited those countries and seen how they "really" work.
I have been trying to increase my economic savvy lately, and Jim Rogers sure added a measure of fun and interest to a sometimes mundain subject. Be sure to have your atlas handy while trying to keep up with this guy!
Great book, an around the world trip with a different perspective. If you enjoy travel,economics, and business, this is worth the download!
Jim has excellent observation and analytical skills, and is also a very eloquent narrator. The book was geared towards the most intriguing stories that he encountered in his trip. However, investing in emerging markets should not be based on anicdotes taking place in few days trips. It takes a lot longer than that to understand countries and cultures, let alone companies.
Rogers manages to take an excellent idea - taking the pulse of the world by driving around it - and botch it with his bland writing style. The work is a litany of superficial observations and bizarre predictions. His observations are completely ahistorical and totally lacking in any context.
Rogers' pallid prose is matched only by his dull reading style and voice. He is painful to listen to. This "investor" apparently could not see the wisdom of hiring a professional reader. This recording should serve as a warning to authors looking to save a few pennies by reading themselves. Some authors are good readers but they should be honest with themselves.
A great adventure for anyone who loves travel and/or is interested in the financial world. Made me want to pack my bag and hit the road!
This was a great listen. The story and world commentary were definitely worth a read. My only complaint is that it was abridged, hence four stars instead of five. If you're listening, Audible, try to get more unabridged books...!
Jim Rogers gives an impressive view of the world - with eyeopening findings about the American way of thinking. If you feel that everything is perfectly fine for you, you need to listen to this. I myself couldn't stop until I was all the way thru it. One of the cases where a full-length version would really make sense.
A great book!. It makes me want to travel around the world. But probably more important, it opened my eyes to the way the rest of the world operates.
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