Friday, March 2, 2012

Books on Goh Keng Swee

This is a list of books on Goh Keng Swee, one of modern Singapore’s founding fathers:

Goh Keng Swee: A Public Career Remembered edited by Barry Desker and Kwa Chong Guan. Dr Goh Keng Swee (1918-2010) will of course always been seen as a giant among the founding fathers of independent Singapore. This compilation, which includes many archival photographs, presents memories of Dr Goh from 38 people. These friends, colleagues or fellow Singaporeans knew him as student, politician, civil servant, economic architect, Defence Minister, Education Minister, in the world of cultural development, or in retirement. Together the contributors make clear the immense range of Dr Goh's often highly-individual contributions to public life which so many ways live on today.

Working for Dr Goh Keng Swee: Collection of Anecdotes by S Samuel Dhoraisingam. The author, a Former Assistant Director of Education, Singapore, writes informally of Dr. Goh Keng Swee (1919-2010) under whom he worked for 11 years in the Staff College when Dr. Goh was Minister of Defence and as a Senior Inspector in the Ministry of Education when he was Minister there. These anecdotes highlight many of the methods, aims and attitudes which enabled Dr. Goh's vast range of achievements on which so much of Singapores life economy and defence has been and is still built upon. With archival photographs, personal photographs and amended documents.

In Lieu of Ideology: An Intellectual Biography of Goh Keng Swee by Ooi Kee Beng. Dr Goh Keng Swee (1918-2010) is of course generally recognised as one of modern Singapore's three founding giants. This is not a biography but an account of Dr Goh's writings and thought. These were the basis of his public actions and policies which directed and formed so much of today's Singapore. Dr Goh retired from policies in 1984 and his subsequent roles in China including as Economic Advisor to the State Council of the People's Republic of China until 1998, are discussed. With bibliography and index.

Goh Keng Swee: A Portrait by Tan Siok Sun. This biography of one of Singapore's most major founding fathers Goh Keng Swee (1918-2010) is by his daughter-in-law. It includes anecdotes and personal insights as well as an account of his life from its frugal beginnings in Malacca. The remarkable national tributes which marked Dr Goh's recent death indicate the immensity of his contribution to Singapore's post-Colonial development. An account is given of Dr Goh's childhood in Singapore, education at Anglo-Chinese School and Raffles College, civil service work, and after the Occupation, study at London School of Economics and research into Singapore's social conditions which helped to ignite his commitment to political change and the People's Action Party. After 1959, he is shown to have played a very major part in the country's developments Minister of Finance, of Defence and of Education. His trenchant and courageous sagacity and his innovative policies became pivotal to Singapore's life and international standing until his retirement from politics in 1986. With photographs, chronology, bibliography and index.

Goh Keng Swee and Southeast Asian Governance by Ian Patrick Austin. This book is aimed at readers who may have a limited, or indeed no knowledge of the policy work carried out by Goh Keng Swee on the development of Singapore and the decisive influence his thinking continues to have on contemporary Singapore governance. The book further explores how Goh's developmental thinking and practices may be utilised by policy-makers in developing economies within the Southeast Asian region and further abroad. Goh's work in fact makes clear that developmental success is transferable between nations given the presence of pragmatic policy-makers. Ultimately, the central aim of this book is to encourage further study and consideration of the words and work of one of Southeast Asia's premier thinkers on development.

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