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Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,120 ratings  ·  89 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
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published December 7th 2004 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jagadish
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jim Rogers is famous Wall Street banker
From this book we can lot of world from his travelling across six continents
The journey in Africa which helps to know lot of information about this continent other than stereotypes information we see in typical media
Though his journey was 17 years ago still lot of information staying relevant
In this book .
Shannon
Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Tom
Jul 17, 2009 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
Dustan Woodhouse
Feb 23, 2016 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.
JR
Aug 15, 2012 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
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Ellen
Sep 12, 2010 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.
Kes
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't take this book too seriously - it was a fun romp about a guy driving around the world, giving his take on things. I didn't always agree, and I wondered how limited he was - he would basically say "oh, I spoke to high placed guy" or "high placed guy wanted to see me" (it's always guys) - and well, given his reputation, I wonder how much of a real insight he received.

But of course, going through the mundane everyday conversations doesn't make a good book. All the same - this is a book pub
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Headphonetiger
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is really a great escape because Rogers takes you around the world and makes sure to describe all the unique traits of each region. I particularly like how he was not doing simply touristy things but also living with the locals there. He is definitely quite brave for driving through war zones and jumping through all sorts of hoops through out his trip. His little bits of history are also interesting but sometimes lengthy.

I would suggest this book as a long term read. He gets quite repe
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Josh
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Generally a fun read but obviously reading it over a decade after it was written, many of the learnings no longer applied. Overall, he's got a great perspective on the markets, has a keen ability to read into what is happening or will happen in countries based on political and social happenings. And his travels also just make for fun storytelling. I would say I enjoyed much of his writing but didn't love the book and got bored at parts, but I suspect I'd have been more entertained if I'd been re ...more
Ramon
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This is not a book on investment. Jim Rogers is more of an thrill seeker, who coasts around the world dishing out advice on how other countries need to run their economies, with little understanding of the local cultures. I only read this book because I enjoyed two of his other books and envy his spirit for adventure. However, unlike "Investment Biker." This previous book about his motorbike trip around the world ended each chapter with a list of companies, and recommendations on buying them or ...more
Alex Salo
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining read on travel, cultures, and investment. Recommend to all thrill seekers and adventurers. At times, Rogers sounds a bit too pretentious to my taste, but the fantastic content overwhelms that downside entirely.
Elizabeth Reed
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Travel + Finance. If you like either of these, you will probably like this book.
Esther Pierce
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit dated now but still interesting, educational and absorbing. About far more than investing.
Jim Rogers is a big picture guy.
Jeroen Van de Crommenacker
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book with lots of insight. Perhaps a bit dated now, but still fun and educational to read.
Joel Gray
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
THE YOUNGER THE POPULATION OF A COUNTRY THE MORE OPEN TO CHANGE IT IS.

Jim Rogers cofounded Quantum Fund, a global investment pship that rose 4000% in 10 years verse 50% for market. JR retired in 1980 aged 37. Then manages his own portfolio.

Rode the globe on motorbike for 2 years in 1990.
In 1999 did it in a car with his wife over 3 years.

That tourism was flourishing and being encouraged in China was an indicator of emerging capitalism .

Not only do the.Chinese work hard but they save 30% of what t
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Dustin Flanary
Apr 15, 2011 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
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Alberto Lopez
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Do you have children? How about grandchildren? While the book is not exactly a children book, it should be either read or at least explained to every little person in the family. Sure there are a few parts that may not be age appropriate, but this classic is the closest thing to a comprehensive description of the world of today. It is simply incredible to think that Jim actually drove to every single crevice our planet offers. I know Jim as one of the most brilliant investors of all times. It wo ...more
Wellington
Jan 28, 2008 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
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Anthony
Feb 10, 2011 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
Edwin Setiadi
May 08, 2016 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
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Chris
Sep 05, 2011 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 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
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Jon
Aug 27, 2008 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
Mohamed Abd El-Khalek
Jun 06, 2014 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 21, 2014 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
Trung Nguyen Dang
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read "Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip" by Jim Rogers during the Christmas Holiday, a gift by a secret Santa in my office. It's a lesser-known book by Jim Rogers, considering this is about his second trip, the first was written in the popular "Investment Biker" book. It's also an entertaining and fun book but don't expect much investment insights. The book certainly inspired me to travel more though.
Ramesh Thampi
Aug 09, 2016 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.
Jim Lavis
Feb 23, 2016 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.
Holly Booms Walsh
Jul 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: tavelogue fans, economic thinkers, people curious aobut other lands
This book was a good read both for the travelogue part and for the astute and thought-provoking economic, social, and cultural observations of the narrator. This book is more reader-friendly than it sounds, and you'll finish it feeling like you did something constructive while you read a good book (like doing bicep curls or making a great dinner). I suppose that's the allure of good nonfiction. :)
Patty
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to read about the author's adventures and experiences as he travelled around the world. I also appreciated his thoughts about the political and economical situations of many of the places he visited. He is an engaging writer and the book was surprisingly easy to read and enjoy. There were some slow spots but nothing that kept me from picking it back up again.
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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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