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Goh Keng Swee: A Portrait

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Dr. Goh Keng Swee's public career spanned two eventful decades. He was a founding and key member of Singapore's ruling political party, and played a significant role in creating and shaping the destiny of Singapore today.

Hardcover, 222 pages
Published October 31st 2007 by Editions Didier Millet
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Caleb Liu
May 01, 2008 Caleb Liu rated it liked it
It can be argued that Goh Keng Swee, more than any man, was the architect of modern Singapore. Many familiar facets of everyday Singaporean life, from the compulsory two year rite of passage for young Singaporean men that is National Service to the low cost government high rise HDB accommodation that around three quarters of the population live were his brainchilds.

This is a much needed portrait, covering Goh's early life, his politicization, and his long career bouncing from Ministry to Ministr
Adrian Goh
Dec 28, 2015 Adrian Goh rated it really liked it
Reading this gave me a better picture on the challenges faced by modern Singapore in the early years. While there are many books that do discuss about the history of Singapore, there are snippets here and there that would not appear in such books.

Above all, it tells the story of a man who was pragmatic and willing to learn new things in order to build a nation.
Wai-kit Ng
Apr 30, 2012 Wai-kit Ng rated it really liked it
GKS is an amazing man. I am just surprised that, until now, I didn't know of his contributions to Singapore. The book is quite a good read as there is much to learn from the Man.
Arjun Dwesar
A fascinating introduction to one of Singapore's founding fathers. Though not a comprehensive biography in vein of, say Irene Ng's tome the Singapore Lion about S. Rajaratnam.
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A book for all Singaporeans.
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