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Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

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Wall Street legend and bestselling 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 readers, investors and
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Crown Business (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: us-problems, favorite
Excellent. Couldn't put it down. Jim Rogers best thinking distilled.

I've been a fan of Rogers since stumbling onto Adventure Capitalist back in 2003, and was fortunate enough to have one-one-one lunch with Rogers in 2005. Investment Biker and A Gift to My Children are also very much worth reading. I think you can skip A Bull in China and Hot Commodities.

Many reviewers think Rogers comes off as arrogant and disrespectful. People said the same thing about Steve Jobs. The problem is the disconnect
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
When a guy accumulates hundreds of millions of dollars, I’ll listen to him. Jim Rogers is one such guy. He does not reveal his net worth in this book. But the internet estimates it at around $300 million. He uses some of that money to amass an impressive bowtie collection that he peacocks on various business television shows.

Describing a charmed life can sound like bragging. Here, Rogers recites his impressive experiences. More interesting to me, however, is the peak into his thought process and
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adventures Of A Smart thoughts on Street Smarts

What would happen if I lived my dream? I would become Jim Rogers. The man made a ton of money on Wall street, rode in 52 countries in 22 months (including some dangerous countries) on a motorbike and later established a Guinness world record - driving a car with his fiance - 150k miles all over the world investing in capital markets in developing countries.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ron and I really enjoyed listening to this book. A little bit of travel, mixed in with finance and politics, we found ourselves agreeing with most everything Rogers had to say here. Unintended Consequences had been good for explaining what happened in the financial meltdown; Rogers tells you what to do about it. He's a good storyteller, to boot. I highly recommend this to everyone. ...more
Arvind Vijh
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Some good ideas- investments ideas for teh future- chinese tourism, north korea, myanamar. Bit of a rant agaianst the united states governrment. His blog has better and concise thoughts.
Ivan Aguilar
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is phenomenal!!!

There is a lot to be learned from this book.
You can take it where you want to go with it. Classical History, Economics, International world affairs, raising a family or just life in Wall Street. In this book Jim Rogers invited us to think and do thinks "outside of the box" making emphasis on the philosophy that was once quote by Albert Einstein as "“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.”
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Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
The investor Jim Rogers sold his New York mansion in 2007 and took the family to Singapore. He believed that the 21st century would be the century of Asia and wanted to give his daughters the best conditions. There, his 12 and 17-year-old daughters [2020] have learned to speak Chinese fluently. This book mainly explains why Rogers is convinced that Asia will take over as the worlds powerhouse in the next hundred years.

THREE CENTURIES, THREE POWER NATIONS. The 19th century was the century of worl
Tyler Rongione
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
To echo another readers "Erwin's" post found here:

"Excellent. Couldn't put it down. Jim Rogers best thinking distilled.

I've been a fan of Rogers since stumbling onto Adventure Capitalist back in 2003, and was fortunate enough to have one-one-one lunch with Rogers in 2005. Investment Biker and A Gift to My Children are also very much worth reading. I think you can skip A Bull in China and Hot Commodities.

Many reviewers think Rogers comes off as arrogant an
Thomas Maluck
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfic
I mostly enjoyed this book. There were a lot of informative segments about saving, spending, and futile inflation in Washington.

There were a few segments where I had to do a double-take, and I don't know what to do with these observations but share them with you:

Jim claims that immigration laws started in the 1920s "at the instigation of the Ku Klux Klan" and that "before that, our borders were open." I don't know what history books Jim has been reading, but prior to the 1920s, America had some
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I liked this book or not. I like Jim Rogers. In my opinion, you will know the definition of curmudgeon after you've read this book. His opinions and outlook on the world is unlike a lot of other writers.

He emphasizes having a broad background that is steeped in knowing history as well as geography and a macroeconomic view of the world. He does not think locally. He gives the example a couple of times about how it's important to be able to make connections about the effect of an e
I listened to the audio book and it's amazing. This has been on my "to read/favorites" list to listen to for a long time and I finally added it and listened to it.

I have never heard of Jim Rogers and he has a pragmatic approach and outlook on life and the world. He successfully predicted the 2008 housing bubble and economic decline and shorted stocks of building companies and Fannie Mae correctly.

When he travels he exchanges money into the local currency at a bank or currency trader and then do
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a $2 special offer because it had such high ratings. Boy I was sorely mistaken. This guy is very conceited. The world revolves around him. He is wonderful, everyone else is at fault, obviously because he made a ton of money from nothing. The overall flow of the book is suspect - tilting back and forth between investing tips and biography. There are no titillating secrets although I agree with many of his ideas, however he has an extremely limited focus. Really he just wants ...more
Jeff Miller
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rogers Gets To Be Honest

We’re all hoping for an honest assessment of life and the future of the United States. Since Rogers is not a politician and not seeking favors, he’s worth your time to challenge your thinking. His life observations are worth it, including outlining his reform proposals. He concedes reform is unlikely given the current path we’re on. The tyranny of the status quo is confirmed by the political process and Rogers’ assessment: “American bureaucrats are intellectually lethargi
Viktor Nilsson
Brilliant and provocative, with a touch of humor and a big portion of self-distance, this is classic Jim Rogers. This book has many weaknesses to be sure, which other reviewers cover pretty well. But there's one good reason why I think you must read Jim Rogers: he see's the world like nobody else, he makes analyses like nobody else and he's a storyteller like nobody else (no other financial analyst at least). Simply put, he always provides a very fresh perspective of the world that's easy to gra ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rogers-jim
1.5 My fourth and last read from Mr.Rogers most likely. If you have read several of his earlier books, then a great deal of what he writes is old news. Way worse than "Investment Biker", which I actually enjoyed. This one is quite low in any investment philosophy other than he does it his way, or go find money laying in the corner for one to pick up....way too much of his schooling, working without any real meaning. Lots and lots of what I did right, how wrong everyone else is, and how I am the ...more
Sangam Agarwal
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
If really want to follow him than you should start with reading this book. This book has much more information about his personal and professional life.

What kind of advice you will get?

If you want to get rich, find the few right things and invest. If in 1970 you had bought commodities and held them for ten years, and in 1980 you sold your commodities and bought Japanese stocks, and then in 1990 you sold your Japanese stocks and bought technology stocks, and then sold those in 2000, you would be
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jim Rogers is basically a Wall Street millionaire who decided to travel the entire world, multiple times which gave him a unique perspective on the world and how he chooses investments. For example, he invested in Rwandan diamond mines and the Chinese economy far before others because he actually went

Overall it's an easy read and finishes with some good feel stories about how he now dedicates his life to his family
Nicole Gagne
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
"to understand that the only real failure is not to try, the only improper question the one unasked"
Great quote to finish this book off with. I enjoyed reading about Jim Rogers life. He described things in a way that made you think about concepts differently. I have not read many economics or political books but it was really interesting to learn more about money and how everything is connected.
Antonio Stark
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to be able to meet Jim Rogers in person - and he was as humble, genuine, and intelligent a man as this book portrays. This book is not merely about trading commodities or being an investor (not a trader), but a life book with insights about higher education, US litigation policies, "pop" politics and the inconsistencies of regulations, personal integrity, and family and relationships. ...more
Agrani Mahajan
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the book. The Man, Jim Rogers a investor and mapping the 2 streets on his life - the Wall Street and the Streets of the World.. following no the the passions throughout the book

Being a taxpayer citizen to the land of America he can clearly edges out the growing advantage of Asian Economy with China at the Zenith.

Written with passion and talked about his journey round the world 🌎 twice , takes to a adventurous insight to the “Markets” across the Globe
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the biography of a truly global macro investor. the analysis of the drivers behind political shortsightedness on immigration, trade economics and currency mismanagement is as sharp as it is concise
Carl Isgren
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read two other books by Jim Rogers and like his style of storytelling. This book goes over some of the same ground as those others did. There are many stories I hadn't heard before and it gives a good insight into his view post the global financial crisis. ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exciting! His different way of thinking is what makes some ppl in the finance community think he's arrogant. A lot of insightful stuff about various countries like North Korea, Myanmar n China. Worth a read! ...more
Alex Pal.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of essays (that fit together very well). The essays are based on very different topics, from opinions, from biographical descriptions of the life of the author, and from the ideas of the author about investing. Overall, a very interesting book!
Yat Sing Ip
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
The book contains Rogers' views on the state of the markets, where he thinks the next big thing might be (he was right about North Korea opening up), the US government, his family.

Thoroughly enjoyed reading his insights!
Yishen Kuik
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've always liked Jim Roger's books on life, the markets and investment. This one has the additional twist of his perspective on life after reaching 70 and on being a Singapore resident ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing extra ordinary about the book, it is average, a couple of things worth remembering, otherwise nothing exceptional.
Travis Pearl
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love reading his books. In this one he comes across a bit cranky and doomsdayish, but he has great perspective, tons of experience and an engaging writing style.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
older wiser, yet still having fun albeit in a car. I liked his description of Singapore and their education system. The take away is that kids make life way better than the 10th million in the bank
Dmitri Pavlov
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
So so, too much I for one book ;)
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