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Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

Format:  Hardcover,

258 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9780307986078

ISBN-10: 0307986071

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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 Wall Street aficionados for two decades in such books as "Investment Biker," "Adventure Capitalist," "Hot Commodities" and "A Bull In China" . In his engaging memoir "Street Smarts," Rogers offers pithy commentary from a lifetime of adventure, from his early years growing up a naive kid in Demopolis, Alabama, to his fledgling career on Wall Street, to his cofounding the wildly successful Quantum Fund. Rogers always had a restless curiosity to experience and understand the world around him.
In "Street Smarts," he takes us through the highlights of his life in the financial markets, from his school days at Yale and Oxford -- where despite the fact that he didn't have enough money to afford the appropriate pair of shoes, he coxed the crew and helped to win the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race as well as the Thames Cup, the first of his three Guiness World Records -- to his first heady taste of Wall Street in the mid - 1960s, and his years helping to run the most successful hedge fund on Wall Street. As a result of his extraordinary success with the Quantum Fund, Rogers was able to retire at the age of thirty-seven. Since then he has taught classes in finance at Columbia University, hosted television programs, and traveled the world seeing firsthand how revolutions in Chile affect coffee prices in Seattle, and how shortages of copper in Africa affect electricity brownouts in Ohio.
In the course of his new book, Rogers offers often surprising observations on how the world works - and what trends he sees in the future. He explains why Asia will be the dominant economic force in the twenty-first century - and how he and his wife and two daughters moved to Singapore to prepare his family for the coming changes.. He discusses why America and the European Union are in decline, and what we need to do to right our economy and society. The age of Wall Street, Rogers claims, when the finance industry drove 25% of America's growth, is over. Tomorrow's economy will be driven by those who make things - food, energy, goods and consumables.
Regarded as one of the most astute investors Wall Street has ever known, Jim Rogers once again is at his acerbic and storytelling best.

Specifications

Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9780307986078
ISBN-10: 0307986071
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 258
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.0 x 1.5

Chapter outline

Portrait of the Investor as a Young Manp. 1
Innocent Abroadp. 14
On My Ownp. 33
Beating the Bear Marketp. 49
Investment Bikerp. 70
The Rise of Commoditiesp. 90
Home on the Hudsonp. 105
The Largest Debtor Nation in Historyp. 114
Capitalism Without Bankruptcy Is like Christianity Without Hellp. 128
Journey to the Eastp. 140
Nations of Immigrantsp. 160
Land of the Free?p. 175
Crisis in Paper Moneyp. 188
No One Has Ever Repealed the Laws of Supply and Demandp. 205
The Sun Is Rising in the Eastp. 219
Creative Destructionp. 233
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
Indexp. 253

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2013-04-15)

Wall Street celebrity Rogers (cofounder, Quantum Fund; Hot Commodities; Adventure Capitalist) started out by earning scholarships to attend Yale and Oxford Universities, then made his fortune on Wall Street as the cofounder of Quantum Fund with philanthropist and investor George Soros. In 1979, he retired at the age of 37, preferring to spend his time traveling around the world. He has taught at Columbia University Business School and moved to Singapore, where he currently resides.

This latest work-part memoir, part personal philosophy-touches on his career, political leanings, world economics 101, and his life as a dad. The book has a strong political bias, with sections focusing on the Federal Reserve, inflation, health care, tort reform, immigration, and the U.S. economy.

Verdict: A Zelig-like right-wing romp through recent history, geopolitics, and economics. Purchase where there is interest.

-Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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 Wall Street aficionados for two decades in such books as Investment Biker, Adventure Capitalist, Hot Commodities and A Bull In China .  In his engaging memoir Street Smarts, Rogers offers pithy commentary from a lifetime of adventure, from his early years growing up a naïve kid in Demopolis, Alabama, to his fledgling career on Wall Street, to his cofounding the wildly successful  Quantum Fund. Rogers always had a restless curiosity to experience and understand the world around him. 

In Street Smarts, he takes us through the highlights of his life in the financial markets, from his school days at Yale and Oxford --  where despite the fact that he didn’t have enough money to afford the appropriate pair of shoes, he coxed the crew and helped to win the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race as well as the Thames Cup, the first of his three Guiness World Records -- to his first heady taste of Wall Street in the mid - 1960s, and his years helping to run the most successful hedge fund on Wall Street.  As a result of his extraordinary success with the Quantum Fund, Rogers was able to retire at the age of thirty-seven.  Since then he has taught classes in finance at Columbia University, hosted television programs, and traveled the world seeing firsthand how revolutions in Chile affect coffee prices in Seattle, and how shortages of  copper in Africa affect electricity brownouts in Ohio.  

In the course of his new book, Rogers offers often surprising observations on how the  world works – and what trends he sees in the future.  He explains why Asia will be the dominant economic force in the twenty-first century – and how he and his wife and two daughters moved to Singapore to prepare his family for the coming changes..  He discusses why America and the European Union are in decline, and what we need to do to right our economy and society.  The age of Wall Street, Rogers claims, when the finance industry drove 25% of America’s growth, is over.  Tomorrow’s economy will be driven by those who make things – food, energy, goods and consumables. 

Regarded as one of the most astute investors Wall Street has ever known, Jim Rogers once again is at his acerbic and storytelling best.

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