From Third World to First

From Third World to First
  • Author : Lee Kuan Yew
  • Publisher : HarperBusiness
  • Pages : 768
  • Relase : 2011-02-08
  • ISBN : 0060957514

From Third World to First Book Review:

Few gave tiny Singapore much chance of survival when it was granted independence in 1965. How is it, then, that today the former British colonial trading post is a thriving Asian metropolis with not only the world's number one airline, best airport, and busiest port of trade, but also the world's fourth–highest per capita real income? The story of that 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. Delving deep into his own meticulous notes, as well as previously unpublished government papers and official records, Lee details the extraordinary efforts it took for an island city–state in Southeast Asia to survive at that time. Lee explains how he and his cabinet colleagues finished off the communist threat to the fledgling state's security and began the arduous process of nation building: forging basic infrastructural roads through a land that still consisted primarily of swamps, creating an army from a hitherto racially and ideologically divided population, stamping out the last vestiges of colonial–era corruption, providing mass public housing, and establishing a national airline and airport. In this illuminating account, Lee writes frankly about his trenchant approach to political opponents and his often unorthodox views on human rights, democracy, and inherited intelligence, aiming always "to be correct, not politically correct." Nothing in Singapore escaped his watchful eye: whether choosing shrubs for the greening of the country, restoring the romance of the historic Raffles Hotel, or openly, unabashedly persuading young men to marry women as well educated as themselves. Today's safe, tidy Singapore bears Lee's unmistakable stamp, for which he is unapologetic: "If this is a nanny state, I am proud to have fostered one." Though Lee's domestic canvas in Singapore was small, his vigor and talent assured him a larger place in world affairs. With inimitable style, he brings history to life with cogent analyses of some of the greatest strategic issues of recent times and reveals how, over the years, he navigated the shifting tides of relations among America, China, and Taiwan, acting as confidant, sounding board, and messenger for them. He also includes candid, sometimes acerbic pen portraits of his political peers, including the indomitable Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, the poetry–spouting Jiang Zemin, and ideologues George Bush and Deng Xiaoping. Lee also lifts the veil on his family life and writes tenderly of his wife and stalwart partner, Kwa Geok Choo, and of their pride in their three children –– particularly the eldest son, Hsien Loong, who is now Singapore's deputy prime minister. For more than three decades, Lee Kuan Yew has been praised and vilified in equal measure, and he has established himself as a force impossible to ignore in Asian and international politics. From Third World to First offers readers a compelling glimpse into this visionary's heart, soul, and mind.

The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew
  • Author : Lee Kuan Yew
  • Publisher : Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
  • Pages : 686
  • Relase : 2012-09-15
  • ISBN : 9789814561761

The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew Book Review:

The Singapore Story is the first volume of the memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, the man who planted the island state of Singapore firmly on the map of the world. It was first published in 1999. In intimate detail, Lee recounts the battles against colonialists, communists and communalists that led to Singapore’s independence. With consummate political skill, he countered adversaries, sometimes enlisting their help, at others opposing them, in the single-minded pursuit of Singapore’s interests. We read how he led striking unionists against the colonial government, how over tea and golf he fostered ties with key players in Britain and Malaya, of secret midnight meetings in badly lit rooms, drinking warm Anchor beer with a communist underground leader, of his purposeful forging of an alliance with communists to gain the support of the Chinese-educated masses. Readers will find inspiration in his tenacity as he fought for the people’s hearts and minds against first the communists and later the communalists – in parliament, on the streets and through the media. Drawing on unpublished Cabinet papers, archives in Singapore, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, as well as personal correspondence, he gives us a vivid picture of how others viewed him: determined (“Lee will bluff, bully and blackmail up to the eleventh hour”), motivated (“Choo knew I sweated blood to master Hokkien”), ambitious (“He would think himself as legitimate as I was to be the leader of Malaya”), dangerous (“Crush Lee! Put him inside”). It is a sometimes controversial yet strangely consistent portrait of this Asian statesman. These experiences and his dealings with the political leaders were to shape his views and policies, which have had a major impact on Singapore and the region.

Escape from Paradise

Escape from Paradise
  • Author : John Harding,May Chu Harding
  • Publisher : John Harding
  • Pages : 442
  • Relase : 2001
  • ISBN : 9780971092907

Escape from Paradise Book Review:

Subject: Autobiography. Escape from Paradise is a contemporary and true woman?s story set in Singapore, Brunei, Australia, England, and the United States. It involves Singapore?s famous Tiger Balm family, and a wealthy and mysterious family from Brunei?and the link between them, a young Singaporean woman, May Chu Lee. From its first paragraph, the book draws the reader into the ambiance of a cosmopolitan Asia never touched upon by any other book ?

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew
  • Author : Graham Allison,Robert D. Blackwill,Ali Wyne
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Pages : 224
  • Relase : 2020-09-22
  • ISBN : 9780262539500

Lee Kuan Yew Book Review:

Grand strategist and founder of modern Singapore offers key insights and controversial opinions on globalization, geopolitics, economic growth, and democracy. When Lee Kuan Yew speaks, presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, and CEOs listen. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, 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. American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House; British prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair have recognized his wisdom; and business leaders from Rupert Murdoch to Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, have praised his accomplishments. This book gathers key insights from interviews, speeches, and Lee's voluminous published writings and presents them in an engaging question and answer format. Lee offers his assessment of China's future, asserting, among other things, that “China will want to share this century as co-equals with the U.S.” He affirms the United States' position as the world's sole superpower but expresses dismay at the vagaries of its political system. 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.

Lion City

Lion City
  • Author : Jeevan Vasagar
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Book Group
  • Pages : 336
  • Relase : 2021-09-02
  • ISBN : 9781408713587

Lion City Book Review:

Lion City tells the extraordinary story of Singapore - the world's most successful city state. In 1965, Singapore's GDP per capita was on a par with Jordan. Now it has outstripped Japan. After the Second World War and a sudden rupture with newly formed Malaysia, Singapore found itself independent - and facing a crisis. It took the bloody-minded determination and vision of Lee Kuan Yew, its founding premier, to take a small island of diverse ethnic groups with a fragile economy and hostile neighbours and meld it into Asia's first globalised city. Lion City examines the different faces of Singaporean life - from education and health to art, politics and demographic challenges - and reveals how in just half a century, Lee forged a country with a buoyant economy and distinctive identity. It explores the darker side of how this was achieved too; through authoritarian control that led to it being dubbed 'Disneyland with the death penalty'. Jeevan Vasagar, former Singapore correspondent for the Financial Times, masterfully takes us through the intricate history, present and future of this unique diamond-shaped island one degree north of the equator, where new and old have remained connected. Lion City is a personal, insightful and essential guide to the city, and how its remarkable rise is shaping East Asia and the rest of the world.

Turnaround

Turnaround
  • Author : Peter Blair Henry
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2013-03-12
  • ISBN : 9780465031917

Turnaround Book Review:

Thirty years ago, China seemed hopelessly mired in poverty, Mexico triggered the Third World Debt Crisis, and Brazil suffered under hyperinflation. Since then, these and other developing countries have turned themselves around, while First World nations, battered by crises, depend more than ever on sustained growth in emerging markets. In Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries’ success (and ours) is discipline—sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. With the global economy teetering on the brink, the stakes are higher than ever. And because stakes are so high for all nations, we need less polarization and more focus on facts to answer the fundamental question: which policy reforms, implemented under what circumstances, actually increase economic efficiency? Pushing past the tired debates, Henry shows that the stock market’s forecasts of policy impact provide an important complement to traditional measures. Through examples ranging from the drastic income disparity between Barbados and his native Jamaica to the “catch up” economics of China and the taming of inflation in Latin America, Henry shows that in much of the emerging world the policy pendulum now swings toward prudence and self-control. With similar discipline and a dash of humility, he concludes, the First World may yet recover and create long-term prosperity for all its citizens. Bold, rational, and forward-looking, Turnaround offers vital lessons for developed and developing nations in search of stability and growth.

One Man's View of the World

One Man's View of the World
  • Author : Kuan Yew Lee
  • Publisher :
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 2019
  • ISBN : 9814827428

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Geopolitical Alpha

Geopolitical Alpha
  • Author : Marko Papic
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2020-10-15
  • ISBN : 9781119740223

Geopolitical Alpha Book Review:

Forecast geopolitics and markets with this clear and insightful resource Geopolitical Alpha – An Investment Framework for Predicting the Future provides readers with an original and compelling approach to forecasting the future and beating the markets while doing so. Persuasively written by author, investment strategist, and geopolitical analyst Marko Papic, the book applies a novel framework for making sense of the cacophony of geopolitical risks with the eye towards generating investment-relevant insights. Geopolitical Alpha posits that investors should ignore the media-hyped narratives, insights from "smoke-filled rooms," and most of their political consultants and, instead, focus exclusively on the measurable, material constraints facing policymakers. In the tug-of-war between policymaker preferences and their constraints, the latter always win out in the end. Papic uses a wealth of examples from the past decade to illustrate how one can use his constraint-framework to generate Geopolitical Alpha. In the process, the book discusses: What paradigm shifts will drive investment returns over the next decade Why investment and corporate professionals can no longer treat geopolitics as an exogenous risk How to ignore the media and focus on what drives market narratives that generate returns Perfect for investors, C-suite executives, and investment professionals, Geopolitical Alpha belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the intersection of geopolitics, economics, and finance.

The Singapore Economy

The Singapore Economy
  • Author : Tilak Abeysinghe,Keen Meng Choy
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2007-03-12
  • ISBN : 9781134113576

The Singapore Economy Book Review:

Singapore's phenomenal transformation from Third World to First World status has been of great interest to economists around the world yet there has been little quantitative research done on its economy and institutions. This innovative new research monograph fills the lacunae by presenting the Singapore economy through a macroeconometric model and laying the foundations for further research. Using formal econometric analysis and novel modelling techniques, Abeysinghe and Choy offer rare insights into how the Singapore economy works. Each of the major chapters discusses the implications of the empirical findings for current policy and an entire chapter has been devoted to macroeconomic policy simulations. This book is a unique introduction to the Singapore economy and would be of interest to econometric modellers and policy makers in Singapore as well as advanced undergraduates and graduate researchers interested in modelling small open economies.

Lee Kuan Yew: The Critical Years

Lee Kuan Yew: The Critical Years
  • Author : Alex Josey
  • Publisher : Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
  • Pages : 617
  • Relase : 2013-07-15
  • ISBN : 9789814435680

Lee Kuan Yew: The Critical Years Book Review:

Lee Kuan Yew: The Critical Years (1971–78) is a facsimile edition of Alex Josey’s second masterful account of Singapore’s formidable prime minister, first published in 1980 and simply titled Lee Kuan Yew Vol 2. In this volume, Josey tells the continuing story of Singapore’s remarkable development from the beginning of 1971 to the end of 1978. Read about Lee’s fears, hopes, triumphs and failures, his analytical judgements, his look into the future, his valuations and beliefs, his unswerving faith in the ability of the average Singaporean to understand what his prime minister is talking about, and his supreme confidence that Singapore will survive as an independent, if inter-dependent, sovereign state, and be successful.

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
  • Author : Michael Lewis
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2011-10-03
  • ISBN : 9780393082241

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World Book Review:

“Lewis shows again why he is the leading journalist of his generation.”—Kyle Smith, Forbes The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish. Michael Lewis's investigation of bubbles beyond our shores is so brilliantly, sadly hilarious that it leads the American reader to a comfortable complacency: oh, those foolish foreigners. But when he turns a merciless eye on California and Washington, DC, we see that the narrative is a trap baited with humor, and we understand the reckoning that awaits the greatest and greediest of debtor nations.

The New Koreans

The New Koreans
  • Author : Michael Breen
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 2017-04-04
  • ISBN : 9781466871564

The New Koreans Book Review:

Just a few decades ago, the South Koreans were an impoverished, agricultural people. In one generation they moved from the fields to Silicon Valley. They accomplished this through three totally unexpected miracles: economic development, democratization, and the arrival of their culture to global attention. Who are the Koreans? What are they like? The New Koreans examines how they have been perceived by outsiders, the features that color their “national character,” and how their emergence from backwardness, poverty, and brutality happened. It also looks at why they remain unhappy—with the lowest birth rates and highest suicide rates in the developed world. In The New Koreans, Michael Breen provides compelling insight into the history and character of this fascinating nation of South Korea, and casts an eye to future developments, as well as across the DMZ into North Korea.

The History of Costa Rica

The History of Costa Rica
  • Author : Iván Molina Jiménez,Steven Paul Palmer
  • Publisher : Editorial Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Pages : 174
  • Relase : 1998
  • ISBN : 997767468X

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Singapore

Singapore
  • Author : Gretchen Liu
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Pages : 400
  • Relase : 2001
  • ISBN : 9780700715848

Singapore Book Review:

With over 1,200 images, Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 tells the story of Singapore through the eyes of the artists and photographers who witnessed and recorded it. Faded pencil sketches, brilliant watercolours, engravings but mostly photographs - including the first views produced by 19th century professionals, stunning studio portraits and the remarkable experiments of early amateurs. With eloquence, they present the history of a society originally composed mainly of immigrants and of the island they transformed from a fishing village to a global city. The quest for the new and the fascinating has unearthed many fresh images reproduced here for the first time alongside classics without which no visual history of Singapore would be complete. What makes them so extraordinary are their unique ties to Singapore, ties to ordinary people and everyday affairs as much as to major events and personalities. From this sumptuous trove, Singapore's history is brought vividly to life. Images were gathered over a two-year period from many different sources around the world. The majority are from the National Archives of Singapore and the Singapore History Museum, both of which have had their photographic collections enriched by recent donations and acquisitions. Museums in Europe, Japan and the United States of America yielded some unusual and very special material. Several private collectors, both in Singapore and abroad, allowed access to rare and precious images while others generously loaned old and cherished family albums.

The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew

The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew
  • Author : Lee Kuan Yew
  • Publisher : Editions Didier Millet
  • Pages : 168
  • Relase : 2013
  • ISBN : 9789814385282

The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew Book Review:

Lee Kuan Yew played the pivotal role in Singapore’s transition from British Crown Colony to independent developing nation, and on to the economically powerful and diplomatically influential city-state it is today. Throughout this surprising and at times painful journey, he has proved a charismatic and occasionally controversial leader. Lee is a conviction politician whose speeches are unambiguous, characterful and eminently quotable; this collection of almost 600 short quotations provides a compelling summary of his views on a wide range of topics from Singapore’s past, present and future. In Lee's own words: "I have been accused of many things in my lfe, but not even my worst enemy has ever accused me of being afraid to speak my mind."

Lee Kuan Yew, the Man and His Ideas

Lee Kuan Yew, the Man and His Ideas
  • Author : Fook Kwang Han,Warren Fernandez,Sumiko Tan
  • Publisher : Singapore Press Holdings
  • Pages : 456
  • Relase : 1998
  • ISBN : UCBK:C095343673

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East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy

East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy
  • Author : Joseph Chan,Doh Chull Shin,Melissa S. Williams
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 280
  • Relase : 2016-11-17
  • ISBN : 9781107134423

East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy Book Review:

A key exploration of political legitimacy in East Asian societies undertaken by normative political theorists and empirical political scientists.

Singapore

Singapore
  • Author : Michael D. Barr
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2018-12-13
  • ISBN : 9781786735270

Singapore Book Review:

Singapore gained independence in 1965, a city-state in a world of nation-states. Yet its long and complex history reaches much farther back. Blending modernity and tradition, ideologies and ethnicities, a peculiar set of factors make Singapore what it is today. In this thematic study of the island nation, Michael D. Barr proposes a new approach to understand this development. From the pre-colonial period through to the modern day, he traces the idea, the politics and the geography of Singapore over five centuries of rich history. In doing so he rejects the official narrative of the so-called 'Singapore Story'. Drawing on in-depth archival work and oral histories, Singapore: A Modern History is a work both for students of the country's history and politics, but also for any reader seeking to engage with this enigmatic and vastly successful nation.

Circulation in Third World Countries

Circulation in Third World Countries
  • Author : R Mansell Prothero,Murray Chapman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 496
  • Relase : 2012-06-25
  • ISBN : 9781136865909

Circulation in Third World Countries Book Review:

Circulation is common in Third World countries and involves reciprocal flows of people, goods and ideas. The essays in this volume, first published in1985, discuss concepts associated with circulation in its various forms, and they present empirical evidence based on field work from holistic, ecological, social, and economic points of view. Contributions from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific come from an international group of authors representing a variety of disciplines in the social sciences. All who are concerned with social and economic development need to recognise the importance of circulation at all levels of society and polity.

Refreshing The Singapore System: Recalibrating Socio-economic Policy For The 21st Century

Refreshing The Singapore System: Recalibrating Socio-economic Policy For The 21st Century
  • Author : Terence Wai Luen Ho
  • Publisher : World Scientific
  • Pages : 444
  • Relase : 2021-08-13
  • ISBN : 9789811236556

Refreshing The Singapore System: Recalibrating Socio-economic Policy For The 21st Century Book Review:

Singapore's rapid ascent from Third World to First since its independence in 1965 has won it acclaim as an 'economic miracle'. Economic success has been accompanied by impressive achievements in social development, as reflected in international rankings of human capital and human development.The city state's achievements are founded on a socio-economic system characterised by low tax rates, flexible labour markets, and individual 'self-reliance', with state support centred on social investment in education and public housing.Entering the 21st century, however, slowing economic growth, an ageing population, global competition, and widening income dispersion have put the Singapore System under strain. This has prompted a significant refresh of social and economic policies over the past 15-20 years.This book aims to bring the reader up to date on Singapore's socio-economic development in the first two decades of the 21st century. It looks back to the shifts in policy thinking that have accompanied structural changes to Singapore's society and economy, taking stock of the policy innovations aimed at sustaining income growth, economic security, and social mobility. It looks around to compare Singapore's approach to those of other countries facing similar challenges, situating Singapore's experience in the wider international discourse on public policy. Finally, it looks ahead to how the Singapore System may evolve in the years to come.