Legendary investor Jim Rogers gives us his view of the world on a 22-month, 52-country motorcycle odyssey in his best-selling business/adventure book, Investment Biker, which has already sold more than 200,000 copies.
Before you invest another dollar anywhere in the world (including the United States), read this book by the man Time magazine calls "the Indiana Jones of finance".
Jim Rogers became a Wall Street legend when he co-founded the Quantum Fund. Investment Biker is the fascinating story of Rogers’s global motorcycle journey/investing trip, with hardheaded advice on the current state and future direction of international economies that will guide and inspire investors interested in foreign markets.
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"Trigger warning: Jealous types should avoid!"
Jim Rogers is in his 40s in 1990. He has a 22 year old beautiful blonde girlfriend who is perfect in every way. Jim is an avid long distance motorcycle rider.
Jim is also richer than Midas. He thinks nothing of dropping by the local BMW dealer to pick up a new motorcycle on a whim, or buying a small country. He and his girlfriend decide to spend a couple of years traveling around the world on motorycycles.
If the thought of someone like that bothers you, avoid this book!
This book is about 70% travelogue, and a really good one, especially for motorcycle riders. Jims trip makes 'The Long Way Round' look like a run to the grocery store.
Really, 1990 wasn't that long ago, but it was about two years before the World Wide Web existed beyond academia. Jim spends a lot of time just trying to discover information about conditions in the next country, or keeping track of his personal finances while on the road. All stuff that you can do on a Smart Phone from just about anywhere these days.
This ride was a real accomplishment and required assets that money can't buy.
The other 30% is discussion of national and global macroeconomics from a libertarian point of view. In each country Jim visits he discusses the local economic and political climate from the perspective of a potential large investor. He also makes a lot of predictions, many of which subsequently came true. For example, after traveling the full length of the USSR he correctly predicted the near term breakup of the Soviet Union.
He also predicted that Bill Clinton would be the last Democratic Party President, which of course didn't happen. He predicted that the U.S. economy was nearing collaspe, which hasn't happened yet.
I think Jim did not foresee the huge peace dividend that flowed in to the United States after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which powered a lot economic growth through the 90s.
Few will agree with all of Jim's analysis, predictions, and observations of human nature. But everyone with an interest in travel (especially travel by motorcycle), economics, politics, human cultures or just good stories will probably enjoy this book.
John McLain's narration and the overall production values of this audiobook were outstanding, it was a pleasure to listen to.
"Wish I had found this book 20 years ago"
I have not read the print version
Good voice for the story
No extreme reaction, but does make you want to get on the road
Perfect mix of economics 101, real politics, and adventure.
This book is light hearted and fun. If you enjoy travel it is an entertaining story. I am not particularly interested in finance/investing but still found the story to be interesting. I also recommend another Jim Rogers book - Adventure Capitalist.
"History and macro look. Inspirational"
I liked the book. Enough to right a review. So far my favorite finance books are reminiscences of a stock operator, the wizards books, Technical analysis of stock trends, and a Stanley Kroll book written in the late 80's I cant remember the name of. Investment Biker is not a trend following book, and of course I knew that before reading. I was surprised that I liked it as I did.
"A True Curious Adventure"
Absolutely, it will open your mind to the world and how it works!
Hard, I read 2 of his other books and they blend together with greatness.
Well, has to be Jim Rogers...basic smart kid who finds an edge with a luck chance at a position in an emerging market (the stock market), meets the right people, makes some more great decisions and boom! Takes a good looking girl around the world roughing it across rarely and dangerously charted territory because he's curious.
LAUGH, oh man the stuff this guy went through when he had plenty of money to do it the easy way, also makes you just laugh at wow, this is basically a whole life in a book and it's a good interesting life, and your like wow this could be me...I want this...and so you laugh because hey ya....
Pure adventure, I am a fan of learning about stuff and this book will definitely teach you. You have to read Adventure Capitalist, they go hand in hand, the stories kind of work together like a 2 part series, it's not a must but it should be.
"History Lesson, Culture Lesson, Finance Lesson...."
The ride descriptions and the story of the riding.
Less financial and world history instruction and more about the riding.
I felt like the story was being read to me by Batman. The narrator has sort of a Super-Hero voice.
Someone interested in world history, finance and cultural differences.
Not a book to listen to if you are interested in tales of riding a motorcycle. It is also not a book to listen to if you don't want to hear about how a multi-millionaire spend 2 years of his life on a motorcycle riding around the world and lectures on finance and world history at the same time.
"Unbelievably well Rounded- & Interesting"
This book is excellent. An easily understood intellectual book encompassing Travel, Investing, Philosophy, History, Politics & a Lust for Life as long as Investment is involved. Not a how to BUT a how is it was , is & will be book!!!!!
"The ending ruins it"
Predictions are for fools. The predictions made at the end of this book paint Mr. Rogers as a fool to make them.
A right-wing ultra capitalist.
Limit himself to a few main ideas he wants to push through, as is, Jim fires of a scatter gun of pretty wild and outrageous geopolitical and economic ideas.I get the feeling he's hoping for at least one of them to turn into reality just so he can say, "I knew that would happen, I wrote it in a book."
The narration is pretty horrible, all vowels at the end of sentences are doubled which gives the narration a very choppy rhythm.
All the supposed "random" meetings with people who exactly mirror Jims own opinion.The nonsense about humanitarian aid stemming the "entrepreneurial spirit" of starving people was an insult to anyone with any humanity.
He actually claims that he wants his trip to be completely serendipitous, still he just happens to stumble upon people who mirrors his exact views on everything.What are the odds of stumbling upon a soon to be capitalist in Soviet communist Siberia who that same day is resigning from the communist party?And what exactly was Jim doing in a Moscow kindergarten where he "serendipitously" happens to meet a dissident from a labour camp who prophesied the fall of the Soviet Union.
After a few of these supposed random encounters you really start to question the credibility of this publication on anything but Jim's own views and opinions.
"Live every moment on Jim Rogers's journey"
Well presented story... It's an eye opener to cultural differences and economic potential as seen and assessed by Jim. Very informative too. I enjoyed listening to every single second of this book. Highly recommended.
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