Sam Oglesby has spent most of his life in Asia living and working in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Kingdom of Bhutan and other far away places.

His two books – both memoirs – cover more than 50 years of adventure when he takes us through palaces, slums, war, earthquakes, jail and even a hangover.

Oglesby was educated at the University of Virginia and the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

He worked as a diplomat and an international civil servant before retiring to the South Bronx where he gardens and sings in the shower, his short public singing career having been declared a disaster.