The Singapore Story

The Singapore Story : Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

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Visionary? Authoritarian? Model for the West? Lee Kuan Yew, the long-time leader of Singapore, has been called all these things, and more. In these vivid memoirs, Lee takes a profoundly personal look back at the events that led to Singapore's independence and shaped its struggle for success. And, as always, he lets the chips fall where they may.In intimate detail, Lee recounts Singapore's unforgettable history. You'll be with Lee as he leads striking unionists against the colonial government; shares tea and rounds of golf with key players in Britain and Malaya; and drinks warm Anchor beer with leaders of the communist underground at secret midnight meetings. From British colonial rule through Japanese occupation in World War II, Communist insurrection, riots, independence -- and the struggles that followed -- few political memoirs anywhere have been this blunt, or this fascinating.Anyone interested in the political history of Singapore, Asia, and the modern world.
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  • Paperback | 680 pages
  • 40 x 235 x 38.1mm | 1,256g
  • Addison Wesley
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • w. photos.
  • 0130208035
  • 9780130208033

Table of contents

1. Suddenly, Independence. 2. Growing Up. 3. The Japanese Invaders. 4. After the Liberation. 5. My Cambridge Days. 6. Work, Wedding and Politics. 7. My First Clashes with the Government. 8. Widening the Oxley Road Circle. 9. The World of the Chinese-educated. 10. Enter the PAP. 11. Round One to the Communists. 12. Marshall Accentuates the Crisis. 13. A Fiasco in London. 14. Exit Marshall, Enter Lim Yew Hock. 15. Three-quarters Independent. 16. Flushing Out the Communists. 17. Rendezvous with the Plen. 18. Election 1959-We Fight to Win. 19. Taking Charge. 20. Glimpses of Troubles Ahead. 21. Trounced in Hong Lim. 22. The Tunkus Merger Bombshell. 23. Eden Hall Tea Party. 24. Communists Exposed. 25. Moving Towards Merger. 26. Getting to Know the Tunku. 27. A Vote for Merger. 28. Europe Beckons Britain. 29. Pressure from Sukarno. 30. Bitter Run-up to Malaysia. 31. The Tide Turns. 32. Singapore Declares Independence. 33. Konfrontasi. 34. Winning Friends in Africa. 35. Venturing into the Malay Heartland. 36. Albar Stokes Up Malay Heartland. 37. Singapore-KL Tensions Mount. 38. Constitutional Rearrangements? 39. Seeking Support Down Under. 40. UMNOs 'Crush Lee' Campaign. 41. The Quest for a Malaysian Malaysia. 42. The Tunku Wants Us Out. 43. 'Talak, Talak, Talak' (I Divorce Thee). Chronology of Events. Index.
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