Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH, SPMJ (born Harry Lee Kuan Yew, 16 September - 23 March ), informally known by his initials Books By Kuan Yew Lee. Singapore's former Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew provides an account of his This book is being positively reviewed by Asiaweek Magazine, Newsweek, and. Lee Kuan Yew has 24 books on Goodreads with ratings. Lee Kuan Yew's most popular book is From Third World to First: The Singapore Story.

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Looking for books by Lee Kuan Yew? See all books authored by Lee Kuan Yew, including From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: , and The. Lee Kuan Yew GCMG CH SPMJ (16 September – 23 March ), commonly referred to In January , the Straits Times Press published the book Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going. Targeted at younger. Two e-books about the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew are now available free for download on The Straits Times Star E-books app.. Read more at.

Grand strategist and founder of modern Singapore offers key insights and controversial opinions on globalization, geopolitics, economic growth, and democracy. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from to , has honed his wisdom during more than fifty years on the world stage.

Almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western-style economic success, he offers a unique perspective on the geopolitics of East and West.

This book gathers key insights from interviews, speeches, and Lee's voluminous published writings and presents them in an engaging question and answer format.

He offers strategic advice for dealing with China and goes on to discuss India's future, Islamic terrorism, economic growth, geopolitics and globalization, and democracy. Lee does not pull his punches, offering his unvarnished opinions on multiculturalism, the welfare state, education, and the free market. This little book belongs on the reading list of every world leader—including the one who takes the oath of office on January 20, This short book [is] packed with intelligence and insight.

If you are interested in the future of Asia, which means the future of the world, you've got to read this book.

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Lee's powerful intellect is captured in a new book, Lee Kuan Yew: It's a collection of interviews with him by Harvard University professor Graham Allison, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Robert Blackwill and Harvard's Belfer Center researcher Ali Wyne, while also drawing on other selected and cited writings by and about Lee. Now 89, officially retired and somewhat frail, Lee has mellowed with age—not unlike his creation Singapore, governed today with a lighter touch even as its citizens grow more vocal.

Yet, as the book, and the adaptation here of the China chapter, reveal, Lee is as sharp, direct and prescient as ever.

Though the volume was completed before China's current territorial tensions with its neighbors, it helps expose, and explain, Beijing's hardball mind-set.

Graham Allison and Bob Blackwill have important questions to ask about China, America and the extraordinary impact of the relationship of those two countries on the rest of the world. For answers, they turned to Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first premier and one of the world's most formidable geopolitical thinkers and strategists. The result is a fascinating book called Lee Kuan Yew: Lee Kuan Yew: It is based on interviews with Mr.

Lee's speeches, writings and interviews with others over many years. The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World is an anthology of interviews and speeches Lee has given over the last four decades…readers will find themselves entertained and challenged by Lee Kuan Yew's lucidity, powerful arguments and acerbic tongue. Lee is a force of nature. Lee had seemingly found a way to take the good bits of Western governments — particularly their economic dynamism — without taking the bad parts — particularly the high and unsustainable levels of welfare payments and the consequent moral degradation and disorder of society.

In short, Singapore took a bunch of illiterate Chinese fishermen and created one of the wealthiest countries in the world and it did so without undermining values that are important to Chinese and other cultures. Deng saw something worth emulating, and China has subsequently grown at a dizzying rate.

Many in the West believe that the government is capable of fulfilling the obligations of the family when it fails, as with single mothers. East Asians shy away from this approach. Singapore depends on the strength and influence of the family to keep society orderly and maintain a culture of thrift, hard work, filial piety, and respect for elders and for scholarship and learning. I stressed that freedom could only exist in an orderly state.

Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going

In Eastern societies, the main objective is to have a well-ordered society so that everyone can enjoy freedom to the maximum. Parts of contemporary American society were totally unacceptable to Asians because they represented a breakdown of civil society with guns, drugs, violent crime, vagrancy, and vulgar public behaviour.

America should not foist its system indiscriminately on other societies where it would not work. There is a bit on his family in the beginning and the end, but he breezes through these sections as if he was required to write them by his editor. Is he making fun of Americans for being so sensitive?

Lee took power in the largely-Chinese Singapore at a time when it was merging and then later splitting with Malaysia. Soon after the split, the British pulled out hastily from Singapore. Lee inherited a piece of land that was not really a country, that was populated by a mix of Chinese, Malaysians and Indians, that was Confucian and Muslim, and that was precariously positioned in a region that was succumbing to pressure by Communist forces.

Other than that, everything was pretty good though! The first thing Lee did when he took over was build a defence force. To do this, Lee turned to Israel and Switzerland for examples of how a small country should go about defending itself.

Yes, Prime Minister: Lee Kuan Yew’s books sums up Singapore’s history

The next think he did was ensure the safety and security of the country and provide a stable legal system. I scanned the summary to confirm that his plans were based on a common market with Malaysia.

I thanked him, and never read it again.

Singapore specifically protected cars, appliances, consumer electronics and other consumer goods. The protections were all phased out later, as national industries matured, the population got richer and better educated and other sources of employment became available. We noted by the s that when governments undertook primary responsibility for the basic duties of the head of a family, the drive in people weakened. Welfare undermined self-reliance.

After the war, Lee went on to study in England. He briefly attended London School of Economics as enrolment at University of Cambridge had already closed. He related that London overwhelmed him and he sought the more pleasant surroundings of Cambridge, where he read law at Fitzwilliam College.

Thatcher, who admitted him for the Lent term. He matriculated in January Lee graduated First Class in both parts of the Tripos with an exceptional Starred-First perfect score for Part II Law in ; this placed him at the very top of his cohort, and he was awarded the Fitzwilliam's Whitlock Prize.

The college said he was placed above two contemporaries who later became Professors of Law in Cambridge.

Lee was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in In , he was elected an honorary fellow of Fitzwilliam College and was the most senior of the College's Honorary Fellows for many years. However, a liftboy in his office told him his file had been taken out by the security department, and he realised he was being followed by Japanese security personnel which continued for three months , so he abandoned those plans as he knew if he went ahead, he would be in trouble.

Lee set up private small enterprises during the war to survive; among which was one that manufactured stationery glue, branded as "Stikfas". The Japanese army was rounding up Chinese men for questioning and Lee was told to fall in and join the segregated Chinese men.

Sensing that something was amiss, he asked for permission to return home to collect his clothes first, and the Japanese guard agreed.

It turned out that those who were segregated were taken to the beach to be shot as part of the Sook Ching massacre. He and other young Singaporeans "emerged determined that no one—neither Japanese nor British—had the right to push and kick us around He drove Widdicombe around in a lorry and delivered several speeches on his behalf.

Widdicombe lost the election in , but went on to become a member of the Inner Temple with Lee. He returned to Singapore in Early political career — [ edit ] In his memoirs, Lee recounted that he had intended to return to Singapore to work as a lawyer. He also worked as a legal advisor to the trade and students' unions.

One story is that it was Lee who invited the lead counsel D.

Pritt to defend the students, although this was denied by Club members. Lee gained a widespread reputation through the victory of the trial, the first sedition trial in Colonial post-war Malaya. The Straits Times on 26 August proclaimed this a "tremendous victory for freedom of speech".

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At the same time, Lee was accepted by most Singaporeans as the "hero of high". Furthermore, the co-operation between Lee and the Club members strengthened their relationship which was significant for Lee's future political career and the founding of the PAP. The student arrests gave rise to Lee's reputation as a "left-wing lawyer" [48] which provided a path for Lee into Singaporean politics through the Communist Party of Malaya.We will weigh all possible consequences before we make any move on the political chessboard Archived from the original on 13 January Archived from the original on 2 May Retrieved 30 March His view was shared by the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan — , who was keen on a merger of British colonial territories across South East Asia, including Singapore, in order to hasten the end of British rule, whilst sharing similar concerns to those of Lee about avoiding possible Communist infiltration in Singapore.

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