Not one to miss an opportunity to see what was nearby; a restless tropical forester scheduled or planned trips to or through nearly 100 countries during his working career. was the first country he jotted notes about, and when his official duties later took him to , the title Afghanistan to Zambia: Chronicles of a Footloose Forester began to emerge as his memoirs.
This personal memoir is about capturing in print the more vivid reveries of over 80 countries; and some themes that form his viewpoint about what he saw and did there. It was never intended as a travelogue or historical account, merely as a receptacle of personal adventure stories. Thus, as he wandered and crisscrossed the globe over a span of four decades, he was not overly concerned about a chronological order. In the case of and , however, it spurred two or three chronicles that serve as poignant accounts of both past and present.