The story of Singapore’s transformation is told here by Singapore's charismatic, controversial founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. Rising from a legacy of divisive colonialism, the devastation of the Second World War, and general poverty and disorder following the withdrawal of foreign forces, Singapore now is hailed as a city of the future. This miraculous history is dramatically recounted by the man who not only lived through it all but who fearlessly forged ahead and brought about most of these changes.
Lee Kuan Yew has been one of the most intriguing and exasperating leaders of the post-World War II era. It is not just that he was among the most brilliant and frank, or that he shaped an entire country to his own fancy.
IT IS easier to admire Lee Kuan Yew than to like him. Blessed with a powerful mind, driving energy and a strong personality he made the Singapore story one of success, and established himself as one of the world's great pundits. Worse still for his detractors, he has brought out a political memoir that, for a book of this kind, is written with a trenchant, lucid style and a flair for the exciting tale, even when the raw materials are textual negotiations or marathon debates.
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Creating a Learning Society explains how the countries of the world went from centuries of stagnation to the enormous increases in standards of living that have marked the last two hundred and fifty years: they have learned how to learn. Yet, as Stiglitz and Greenwald make clear, markets won't succeed on
Business and political leaders often talk about what their respective countries must do to compete in the world economy. But what does it really mean for a country to compete, and how do they do this successfully? Countries develop strategies to compete for the markets, technologies, skills, and investment that will
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In the second half of the twentieth century, the emergence of scores of new states has made international politics and economics truly global for the first time in history.
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A thoughtful discussion of Indonesia and the fall of its President Suharto is matched by Lee Kuan Yew's account of his encounters with China and its leaders.
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But history shows that normally prudent, ordinary calculations can be overturned by extraordinary personalities.
Running a government is not unlike conducting an orchestra. No prime minister can achieve much without an able team.
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