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Publisher's Summary

Wall Street legend and best-selling author Jim Rogers offers investing insights and economic, political, and social analysis, drawing on lessons and observations from his lifetime in the markets.

Jim Rogers, whose entertaining accounts of his travels around the world - studying the markets from Russia to Singapore from the ground up - has enthralled investors and Wall Street aficionados for two decades in such books as Investment Biker, Adventure Capitalist, Hot Commodities, and A Bull in China. In his engaging memoir Street Smarts, Rogers offers pithy commentary from a lifetime of adventure, from his early years growing up a naïve kid in Demopolis, Alabama, to his fledgling career on Wall Street, to his cofounding the wildly successful Quantum Fund [omit George Soros], Rogers always had a restless curiosity to experience and understand the world around him.

In Street Smarts, he takes us through the highlights of his life in the financial markets, from his school days at Yale and Oxford - where despite the fact that he didn’t have enough money to afford the appropriate pair of shoes, he coaxed the crew and helped to win the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race as well as the Thames Cup, the first of his three Guiness World Records - to his first heady taste of Wall Street in the mid-1960s, and his years helping to run the most successful hedge fund on Wall Street.

As a result of his extraordinary success with the Quantum Fund, Rogers was able to retire at the age of 37. Since then he has taught classes in finance at Columbia University, hosted television programs, and traveled the world seeing firsthand how revolutions in Chile affect coffee prices in Seattle, and how shortages of copper in Africa affect electricity brownouts in Ohio.

In the course of his new book, Rogers offers often surprising observations on how the world works - and what trends he sees in the future. He explains why Asia will be the dominant economic force in the 21st century - and how he and his wife and two daughters moved to Singapore to prepare his family for the coming changes. He discusses why America and the European Union are in decline, and what we need to do to right our economy and society. The age of Wall Street, Rogers claims, when the finance industry drove 25% of America’s growth, is over. Tomorrow’s economy will be driven by those who make things - food, energy, goods, and consumables.

Regarded as one of the most astute investors Wall Street has ever known, Jim Rogers once again is at his acerbic and storytelling best.

©2013 Jim Rogers (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"There are almost no investment geniuses. The only ones I know of are Warren E. Buffett and John C. Bogle and Jim Rogers." (Ben Stein, New York Times)
"Jim Rogers makes my head hurt." (Paul Krugman, New York Times)

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Jim Rogers tells it like it is

I always enjoy Jim Rogers being interviewed because he is not afraid to tell the truth as he sees it. This is a good book and I enjoyed it. Doing his own narration was a positive thing for the story and the book.

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Just what you've come to expect from him

Given Jim's success as an investor, he obviously has great insights into markets and the people, incentives and events that move them. In this offering, he doesn't hold back(!) on any one of these, illustrating his points with examples, many of which were headlines; the value being that Jim lived some of these headlines and provides new insights. He candidly points out where incentives are aligned to create mismanagement and offers rational readers many opportunities to work around these issues for personal and investment gain.

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  • Al
  • 03-12-13

Essential Rogers

Great book on advice in life and investments. Essential book for being successfull in ethics, professional and personal life.

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This guy gets it.

Jim seeks out truth and tells you how it is. His other titles are great too.

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Jim Rogers | A great mind

Fascinating look into how Rogers strategies his potential investments and works currencies. His personal travels inspire the way he thinks. The conflict and contrast between his experiences as an IVY League academic and an intern at an Investment firm. He asks the reader not to mimic his journey, rather find one that best suits their personal agenda. Stick to what you know. Do your homework. Pay attention to the world and the way it moves markets. Make decisions based on your work.

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Highly recommended - Global reach insights

Valuable global markets view from past and future cast vantage points. Tapestry of business and personal insights. In depth storys and perspectives. Well written and narrated - highly recommended read.

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Jim Rogers is Awesome

Jim Rogers is a much better writer than I could have imagined. He has a decent view of economics and obviously a perfect view on investing. A great read

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A Short Education and Journey through Markets

With deep, resonant narration and personal touch, Jim Rogers took me to places I never knew or believed I would have an interest. Having little to no background in financial markets or the economic and cultural realities of some of the world's up and coming countries, I have quickly fallen in love with Rogers' portrayal of the future of the US and global economy, as well as his own personal tales throughout it. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone, both as leisure or critical listening.

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Good listen, inbetween the rants!

Would you listen to Street Smarts again? Why?

No. Because I'll buy the book instead. And, it'll be dogeared and highlighted with many notes in the margins.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Less time spent ridiculing those not in agreement.

What about Michael Bybee’s performance did you like?

Oustanding!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

To do what we all wish we had.

Any additional comments?

Some men mellow with age. I suspect Mr. Rogers may not be one of those men.

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excellent

his interviews are always entertaining, but his books are prescient and well articulated. nothing but respect for the man, who is humble enough to admit a mistake, wing view...and reverse it

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  • Alexander
  • 10-14-15

Just perfect!

Just can't be better. The book I can listen again and again. Jim is a legend.

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  • Ahmad
  • 01-15-15

Great book

A great inspiring story. The book has a lot of wisdom. I loved the book. Finished it in a few days. Always wanted to know whats next.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-17

Intelligent, thought provoking, leaving the reader to decide for themselves.

I have read and listened to interviews with Jim Rogers over the years. I'd recommend this to investors, but more importantly anyone who is curious about world affairs and concerned or/and interested about the changing shape of the world.

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  • Chris
  • 11-11-17

Fantastic Insight

Great story with incredible insight into the current state of economy and how the tides of power could shift