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Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  897 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Drive . . . and grow rich!

The bestselling author of Investment Biker is back from the ultimate road trip: a three-year drive around the world that would ultimately set the Guinness record for the longest continuous car journey. In Adventure Capitalist, legendary investor Jim Rogers, dubbed “the Indiana Jones of finance” by Time magazine, proves that the best way to profit
Paperback, 392 pages
Published December 7th 2004 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2003)
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Nov 02, 2010 Shannon rated it did not like it
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Jun 06, 2016 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure about this one...Rogers strikes me as a Wall-Street-wealthy know-it-all retiree on a worldwide joyride, ignoring his "best advice" about investing - know what you're buying, and know it cold - at every turn. Prancing through country after country in his custom yellow Mercedes, he rips off advice to governments about how to fix their problems as though he knows of what he speaks. That he doesn't is made abundantly clear in his pre-the-creation-of-the-euro pronouncement that the euro woul ...more
Aug 29, 2012 JR rated it liked it
Listened to this one with Ron, who had long ago read the author's "Investment Biker" book. We both liked this book for the most part. I found that I was wanting more from it...the travel and his insight into different and exotic locales was interesting but far too abbreviated. I kept wondering if I was listening to an abridged copy (I don't think so).

His opinion of Greenspan was shockingly blunt and harsh - perhaps the first time I've heard anyone slam the man so directly.

I'd like to know what
Dustan Woodhouse
Feb 23, 2016 Dustan Woodhouse rated it it was amazing
Another entertaining romp around the world with Mr. Rogers. I am writing these words 12 years after reading the book, but I still recall it an an enjoyable if not informative read.
May 19, 2016 Edwin rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It's a beautifully written book about the journey of the author, the Indiana Jones of Finance himself, through 116 countries in 3 years, which landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Within the adventurous journey, he encountered the mafias in Russia, nearly died in a blizzard in Iceland and was held captive by rebel soldiers in an African war-zone. An amazing eye-opener book, it also provides us with in-depth analysis on the broad political
Sep 12, 2010 Ellen rated it really liked it
About 10 years old, but a really fun read about a cool trip around the world. Interesting insights from an investor about a lot of different countries.
Mohamed Abd El-Khalek
Jun 06, 2014 Mohamed Abd El-Khalek rated it really liked it
This book offers you an amazing learning experience from someone with a greater scope of knowledge and curiosity (could he possibly just sit still?) than just about anyone else I know. After finishing this book--I feel that I've absorbed the collective wisdom of 100's of people living over many centuries. Rogers sense of adventure and curiosity compares with that of Richard Feynman--and one should study his methods of thinking. The book is replete with lessons about history, politics, finance, l ...more
Jake Rossman
Mar 26, 2014 Jake Rossman rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, memoirs, travel
Jim poses a thoroughly unique take on traveling around the world. It is a difficult task to translate three years of ones life, circumnavigating the globe into a concise package that both entertains and enlightens. Jim does both. Coming from a financial background, I appreciated his anecdotes on the economies of all the various nations he visited. For someone uninterested in finance, focused more on culture, they may find this book challenging. However, Jim's storytelling is sound and if you can ...more
Dustin Flanary
Sep 07, 2011 Dustin Flanary rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, a great mix of a travel-log and economic and political commentary. As a former hedge fund investor Jim Rogers provides some fascinating insights on countries' economies and situations having traveled to them himself on the ground. Particularly interesting were his travels across all of Russia, the continent of Africa and some comments on South America as well.

page 84
"If I have a strength, it is the ability to look at Industry X or Country Y, on which everybody is reall
May 24, 2011 Anthony rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in adventure and global investing
Recommended to Anthony by: internet
I enjoyed this book because it combines two things I am interested in; travelling and investing. One is bound to get into some interesting situations and have some good stories by driving around the world and Jim Rogers' economic analysis of different countries/regions is insightful. He is thinking big, macroeconomic, picture and I liked his thoughts on regions in the context of decades or more. He compared living in London during the early 1800s to living in New York during the early 1900s to l ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Wellington rated it really liked it
I read this book to get ideas on how to invest. It turned out to be a pretty fun travel book. Jim Rogers dubbed the “Indiana Jones of Investing” decided to drive around the world in a car after doing the same thing ten years ago. Last time he went along on a motorcycle; this time he took his fiancé, got married, and spent three years pursuing this idea.

This is a multi-millionaire and while investing was one of the major reasons to go on this trip, he wants to also experience life – life as the l
Ramesh Thampi
Aug 15, 2016 Ramesh Thampi rated it liked it
The book is a truckload of information stuffed into each and every sentence. It's no wonder as the journey is 3 years long and stretched upon 112 countries. I had a hard time completing this book, so guess the hardships of the travellers - Jim Rogers and his wife Paige Parker. Still, if you could go through it fully, the book is worth it - and gives you a clearer perspective of what was going on around the world, in terms of politics and economics, around the turn of the Millennium.
Jul 02, 2015 JohnSavell rated it it was amazing
Interesting and inspiring author who, while helped by luck, is a very successful investor. The only problem is, like his other books, Rodgers will have a interesting story for most of the book and then lose it at the end. In almost all of his books he becomes very repetitive by the end and it does get very annoying. Great read for determined college student like me, but his writing style is a lot like mine( shitty)
Jim Lavis
Feb 23, 2016 Jim Lavis rated it it was amazing
I love these kinds of stories. Here we have a top current financial journalist put everything on hold and takes off for 3 years with a new wife and travels the work in a automobile. He certainly didn't take the easy road or pamper himself in any way, and with his money, he could afford to buy or do anything he wants. It's an exciting read, and I would have loved to do exactly what he's done.
Thomas Jr.
Jun 25, 2014 Thomas Jr. rated it it was amazing
If more travel books were written like this one, I would read more travel books. Jim Rogers talks about the culture, history and businesses of every country he visits. I suspect that this book will be read for generations as it so wonderfully captures the state of the world circa the year 2000.
Feb 02, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I started reading this book a couple of years ago and slowly it fizzled out. I got to reading other books and this one just fell down the list. It is very interesting, but a bit repetitive. The author seems to encounter many of the same themes over and over again. Taking a break from it was not a bad thing. I have recently just picked it up again and find my interest in it has returned. It's interesting to see how what he learned in writing this book in 2003, now reading it in 2011. Funny what h ...more
Dan Elton
Aug 24, 2013 Dan Elton rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this book if you want to learn just how big and complex the world is.

Jim Rogers travels through nearly every major country on the planet. Nearly every page is filled with interesting facts, economic analysis and opinion.

As he travels through countries, he points out their strengths and flaws , and where the good places are to invest. There are many interesting things he discusses - the blooming capitalist culture in "communist" China, the corruption of NGOs, the causes of ec
Johan Joost
Goede schrijver, heeft zelf wereld afgereisd en is een econoom. Beoordeelt de totale wereleconomie op een voortreffelijke wijze.

Good writer, has travelled a lot and is economitrist. Judged the total worldeconomy in e a terific manner.
Jia Hong
Feb 29, 2016 Jia Hong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: economics, travel
Jim inspired me to travel and find out more about the world!

I think this book (compared to Investment Biker) has a more refined and reflective taste. You can almost sense that Jim wants to settle down.
Aug 29, 2015 Ramdas rated it liked it
I found this book an entertaining read and insightful in parts. He sometimes presents opinions as facts and some of his predictions have been erroneous but still worth a read.
Aug 27, 2008 Jon rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend the audio cd version since it is read by the author. The author starts in Iceland and drives around the world giving information about the different cultures, economics, etc. of the countries he visits. Make sure you follow along on a world map so you get a feel for how far he travels. Lots of things you learn for instance Saudi Arabia's dislike of alcohol, Indian's culture that claims that they are the better race than others, etc. All of this com ...more
Emily Bragg
Feb 09, 2016 Emily Bragg rated it it was ok
Tries to cover too many locations at the expense of going into more interesting detail about any particular one.
Edward Reed
May 30, 2014 Edward Reed rated it liked it
Very interesting to see the Jim Rogers perspective of the world. Learned plenty about the world and little about invest ing. Just the right mix. I look forward to reading more of his books.
Pierre Grage
Jan 09, 2015 Pierre Grage rated it it was amazing
Both, just as much educational as entertaining. A must-read for any investor.
Jean-Marie Schlömer
Interesting approach and some nice introductions to countries I didn't know anything about, but I'm not convinced that you can make a better statement about a country's future after talking to a prostitute there than after reading an analyst's report.
It's great if you like books that are wrong about everything.
Feb 01, 2014 Bai.qi rated it it was amazing
The thought is different from an investor than a tourist.
Nov 28, 2007 Kathi rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I ever read. It's a fascinating travelogue about a trip around the world in a bright yellow mercedes. The author's insights into the countries he was visiting was eye opening and gave great insight into the various economies of the world. Who knew that the capital of Mongolia is the most technologically advanced city in the world? A great read for anyone interested in a real look at other countries - not just the shiny bright typical travel descriptions.
Apr 15, 2010 Hank rated it liked it
I saw Jim and Paige (his fiancee at the time) in Iceland on the day the set out on their round the world car trip. Their modified yellow Mercedes convertible with a matching trailer was certainly eye catching and I was amused to hear about the adventure they were embarking upon. Little did I know, or perhaps I forgot, they had to be rescued the next day! This book has interesting business and financial anecdotes from observations on a big adventure.
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James Beeland Rogers, Jr. is an American investor and author, currently based in Singapore. Rogers is the Chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc. He was the co-founder of the Quantum Fund with George Soros and creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI). He has travelled around t
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“Botswana was rich in diamonds, Ghana in cocoa and gold, Morocco in phosphates. There were many countries I was eager to visit and revisit, such as Zambia, with its emeralds and copper, and Cameroon, awash in oil. I could not wait to visit” 1 likes
“We wanted to take Polaroids of her and all the kids, about eight of them, of all ages, several photos, so we could give some to the family. She grabbed her youngest and asked us to wait. And then like any mother, anywhere in the world—do not let anyone tell you that people are fundamentally different—she combed the child’s hair and changed his shirt before letting him pose for the pictures. The second shirt was slightly less dirty than the first. She wanted him to look his best. That mother could have been in Greenwich, Connecticut, as easily as on the steppes of Mongolia.” 1 likes
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