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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (70 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Rogers Narrator: Michael Bybee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9780385360272
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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 coaxed 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 twenty-five percent 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Buy it. We endorse it absolutely and enthusiastically.”

    Lou Dobbs, host of Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Tonight

  • “More than his outsized wealth and contempt for those in power, though, it is Rogers’ knack for outsized fun that makes him seem worth knowing…Street Smarts shines when it conveys that zest.”

    USA Today

  • “There are almost no investment geniuses. The only ones I know of are Warren E. Buffett and John C. Bogle and Jim Rogers.”

    New York Times

  • Street Smarts is another great read from one of the most astute global investors of our time. With wisdom, humor, and amusing antidotes, the [Rogers] recounts his life’s experiences in a manner that is as entertaining as it is educational.”

    Peter D. Schiff, host of the Peter Schiff Radio Show and New York Times bestselling author of The Real Crash

  • “A satisfying combination of serious gusto and sharp thinking.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Celmainis | 11/2/2013

    " Excellent read. He has a good perspective on the world and what needs to be done. Analysis is a a little pithy and self promoting, but this book is well worth the read. A little bit of an eye-opener for the American empire! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Leach | 9/28/2013

    " Terrific overview of world competitiveness. Shows the long term problems of the current powers, and the strength of Asia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nizami Shirinov | 8/18/2013

    " one the best books i have read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arvind Vijh | 7/24/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandur | 6/4/2013

    " A few passages were somewhat hard to believe (and unreferenced), but very thought provoking in general. I especially liked the global perspective detailed in the book, as almost every continent gets a mention and analysis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asif | 4/17/2013

    " Some really awesome solutions, which ofcourse will never happen. "

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About the Author

Jim Rogers cofounded The Quantum Fund and retired at age thirty-seven. Since then, he has served as a sometime professor of finance at Columbia University’s business school and as a media commentator worldwide. In 2007, he moved his family to Singapore in order to be at the epicenter of the new financial world order. He is the author of Investment Biker, Adventure Capitalist, Hot Commodities, A Gift to My Children, and A Bull in China.