Monday, January 31, 2011

Books on Lee Kuan Yew

This is an updated selection of books on Lee Kuan Yew:

Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going by Han Fook Kwang and Zuraidah Ibrahim et al. Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore's most influential son but he is not without his critics. He has not flinched from taking them on, even now after almost 60 years in the political fray. Why is he so hard on his political opponents? Will Singapore become a democracy? Could the People's Action Party ever lose its grip on power? Are younger leaders up to the mark? Will growing religiosity change Singapore for the better or worse? How will rising giants China and India affect its fortunes? Lee fields these questions and more as he covers the terrain of the past and contemplates the expanse of the future for this island nation that he and his founding generation built on the hopes of a people. Based on 32 hours of interviews at the Istana, along with 64 pages of photographs and a DVD insert, the book features Lee in full flow, combative, thought-provoking, controversial.

Conversations With Lee Kuan Yew: Citizen Singapore - How To Build A Nation by Tom Plate. This account of informal July 2009 conversations between Mr Lee Kuan Yew and US political analyst and writer Tom Plate was intended to - and indeed does - shed light on the person behind the persona of Mr Lee. Many insights are offered into Mr Lee's rationales for past decisions and policies regarding national and international situations. Negative criticisms are also raised and discussed. And some of the conversations are laced with humour and wit.

The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew (Volume 1) by Lee Kuan Yew. A major and significant work which will form a primary resource for historians and political analysts as well as for controversy. Meticulously researched and documented from local and international archives the path to independence is detailed in all its tightroping between communism, colonialism, factionalism, social discontents and pressures, and international and personal line ups. The reader will gain fresh understanding of international and national issues and personalities of the PAP leaders, and of the Senior Minister's roles and perceptions particularly in and on the Malaysia period 1963-65.

From Third World to First, The Singapore Story:1965-2000, Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew (Volume 2) by Lee Kuan Yew. Lee Kuan Yew's second volume of his memoirs recounts experiences at home and abroad since Singapore started to go it alone as a nation in 1965. Character sketches, personal asides and succinct observations illuminate the discussion of national and international events and strategies in the period which included the Vietnam War, the decline of Maoism and many far reaching changes in regional and global weightings. Whether or not the reader agrees with or approves of Mr Lee's priorities or policies, it will be impossible to ignore this book, which will remain a primary text and an interpretation of a personality whose influence has stretched well beyond the 'little dot on the map' that is Singapore.

Days of Thunder: How Lee Kuan Yew Blazed The Freedom Trail by Anthony Oei. In the 1950s, disgruntled with the British ruling power, anti-colonial forces comprising nationalist freedom fighters and communists were calling for independence. The main contenders for ruling power were the People's Action Party led by nationalist Lee Kuan Yew and the Communist Party of Malaya headed by Chin Peng. The author explores Lee Kuan Yew's leadership during Singapore's first 31 years and poses the question: could Singapore have achieved as much without him? With two new chapters and updated information, this book is a revised edition of What If There Had Been No Lee Kuan Yew, which was first published in 1992.

Lee Kuan Yew: The Beliefs Behind the Man by Michael Barr, Michael. This 2009 second edition of the 2000 study of the beliefs of Lee Kuan Yew (b. 1923) includes a new afterword by the author. The extensively referenced material shows how Lee Kuan Yew's national priorities and worldview have changed and developed over the years as his remarkable career and acute perceptions have been fully engaged. Index and bibliography.

1 comment:

  1. I saw an interview Charlie Rose had many years ago with Lee Kuan Yew. When he was finished my one wish was that he was an American Citizen and OUR President.