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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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By Jim In Texas! on 04-05-15
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Susan on 02-08-14
Wish I had found this book 20 years ago
Would you consider the audio edition of Investment Biker to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version
What other book might you compare Investment Biker to and why?
What about John McLain’s performance did you like?
Good voice for the story
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No extreme reaction, but does make you want to get on the road
Any additional comments?
Perfect mix of economics 101, real politics, and adventure.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By David Comboni on 07-11-18
Great story and economic analogy
Through this book I was able to understand the differences in the different countries around the world through a great motorcycle adventure. Even though the story was great, at the end of the book it felt like the pace went much quicker. Also heard at 8:09:22 a woman saying desk, which was probably a recording mistake?
The adventure, the economic and investment ideas were very helpful to understand more about the shares in a country. The last portion of advice to the American economic situation was also good, which no made me want to investigate more about it.
Recommend the book to every person who likes adventure and economics.
By Amazon Customer on 09-07-17
Good book, entertaining stories, things to learn. Unfortunately reader sounds like a smug. Not sure if he tries to be sexy or dramatic but it is quite annoying. Maybe it's because I live in place where arrogant people talk like that. You decide