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From Third World to First: The Singapore Story - 1965-2000 (Hardcover)

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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Delving deep into his own meticulous notes, as well as previously unpublished government papers and official records, Lee details the extraordinary efforts it took for an island city-state in Southeast Asia to survive at that time.

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ISBN 9780060197766
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers (US)
Publication Date Feb 7, 2008
Pages (number) 729
Genre Economics, Business & Leadership
Author Lee Kuan Yew
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Format Hardcover
Editorial Reviews

"Useful reading for those with an informed interest in geopolitics, or for anyone seeking to do business in Singapore." - Kirkus Reviews

"This is an essential contribution in efforts to understand why some societies seem so successful in becoming important players in the global economy." - Booklist Online

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