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Ли Куан Ю (1923 г. рождения), автор впервые публикуемых на русском языке воспоминаний, выдающийся политический деятель второй половины XX века. С именем этого человека неразрывно связана вся история создания, развития и процветания такого уникального образования как город-государство — Сингапур. Республика Сингапур менее чем за 40 лет национального суверенитета превратилас ...more
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Published 2005 by Омега-Л (first published 2000)
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Appu In colonial times, Singapore was an entrepôt for the produce of British East Asia. Once the British left and Malaysia went its own way, Singapore had…moreIn colonial times, Singapore was an entrepôt for the produce of British East Asia. Once the British left and Malaysia went its own way, Singapore had nothing to export. Therefore Singapore repositioned itself as low cost but efficient base of manufacture for European, American and Japaneese MNCs. Also by improving infrastructure, it became a first world city right in the middle of the third world and became a centre of business finance and tourism (less)
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Lee Kuan Yew may be one of the most consequential persons of the 20th century - in the demonstrated case of Singapore, and in his commentary to Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s. In short, it is his attempt to decouple market capitalism from fully democratic institutions. It may have proved a decisive influence in early Chinese reforms, and eventually the 'Chinese model' of political reform.

Part II of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs.

Given his
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This guy just seems to get everything right. Take all the good stuff in Ayn Rand and turn it into something that's actually workable, and that adds in the concept of fairness. LKY is able to examine the policies of all the other countries that came before Singapore and take what's good and leave what's bad. His policies on "welfare," healthcare, retirement savings, you name it, it seems to be the ideal solution for dealing with the inherent problems of each of those things. His personal savings ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised this book is translated into Vietnamese. He makes no effort to hide his distaste for communism and the Vietnamese leaders who came to him for advice in the 1990s. Whether you like the way he's ruled Singapore Inc., he's an amazingly intelligent guy with a far-sighted vision for where his country was going and has largely succeeded and outdone many leaders of the West. From his fascinating description of other Asian countries, including many that had similar starting point as Singap ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and well worth reading. The story itself is great: a small nation, isolated, forced to import even drinkable water, obtains (forced into) independence. Ah, yes, small detail: British Empire, protector and developer of this big port, is moving out. And China is willing to move in.
Question: what do you do?
Majority's response: cry and die.
LKY's: whatever is necessary to make it work.
Amazing, what a team of people honestly dedicated to their country and utterly pragmatic can do, no?
Ahmed Almawali
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لا يوجدُ في هذه المذكراتِ ما يدلُّ على أنَّ لي كوان كان رجلًا غَيْرَ استثنائيٍ في بدايةِ عهدِه بعدَ الانفصالِ عن الأم ماليزيا بل هو مرَّ بحالاتِ ضِعفٍ: بكى حينما قررتْ ماليزيا التخلي ، هزته المنازعاتُ العرقيةُ بين الملاويين والصينيين، أزعجتْهُ الإضراباتُ وسعى لوأدِها، جاهدَ وتوسلَ للبريطانيين على إبقاء قواتهم أو بطء رحيلِهم؛ لكنه في المقابلِ كان مخططًا استراتيجيا، وعمِلَ على أسسٍ متينةٍ مدروسةٍ ليتجاوزَ المِحنةَِ، واتخذ خطواتٍ لأجلِ المساواةِ بين العرقين اللدودين الملايويين والصينين، جلبَ الاستث ...more
Mik Chernomordikov
Прекрасная автобиография одного из самых великих политических деятелей современности!
Толстая книга с подробными рассказами - но оно стоит того.
Имейте в виду, что где-то на первой трети начинается рассказ не про внутреннее устройство Сингапура, а про взаимодействие с другими странами - Великобританией, США, Китаем, Россией, Японией, Малайзией, Индонезией и другими.
Мне это понравилось больше всего, хотя, думаю, эта существенная часть книги может быть не всем интересна
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of the best books you'll ever read, period. Mr. Yew knows everything about how to build a prosperous country and nothing about political correctness. I'd never heard someone as accomplished as Mr. Lee describe with all honesty his dealings with super powers, heads of state and the common man.

If you're interested in learning how common sense, discipline and hard work can be combined to transform a country, you can't miss this book.
Lorong Cat
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Harry,

Thank you for your company during my daily lunch hour for the past couple of months. When I heave open the hard bound book that is the second volume of your memoirs, I feel as if I have been transported back in time to post-colonial Singapore. I have benefited from the peek into your early struggles and that of your colleagues Goh Keng Swee, Toh Chin Chye and Raja. I am intrigued by your account of The Plen (short for plenipotentiary), your moniker for Fang Chuang Pi, the mysterious
Henna Pääkkönen
I have always admired how Singapore has managed, in a short period of 30-40 years, to become the competent, rich and serious first-world country in the region where it sits, and wanted to learn more about the how.

Lee Kuan Yew's impressive and magnificent autobiography is a testimony of pride of the growth of the nation, written by its founding father, and covers the period from 1965 onwards (i.e. When the country separated from Malaysia and became The Republic of Singapore), i.e the period of 30
Michael Scott
+ very clear, high quality writing. A delight to read such an eloquent story!
+++ Very good book, excellent in many parts but annoying in its many propaganda parts. Excellent and lengthy analysis of China's leadership, policies, and issues, if more compassionate than that of Southeastern Asian countries.
+++ I finally understood how Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia and Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge were possible.
+/- Many politically charged statements, which makes the book difficult to assess object
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Безусловно, очень интересная книга одного из видных политиков на Востоке. Книга ценная тем, что подробно описывает шаги, которые предпринимались правительством Сингапура для развития страны, подкрепляя эти шаги комментариями от первого лица. Пребывание столько лет у власти - большой подвиг. Не меньший подвиг - работа над этой книгой.
Теперь о минусах. Автор претендует на то, что он рассказывает свою историю честно и от чистого сердца. Он не раз подчёркивает, что обходится также и со своим народом
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He was:
A free market supporter who also didn't mind some government intervention.
A die hard anti-communist who also supported gun control and unique social policies
A proponent of the rule of law but one who didn't mind using the state to jail and bankrupt his opponents in long court cases.
A dedicated classical liberal who also was willing to institute the infamous anti-chewing gum law and hang drug smugglers.
A founder of the most successful multi-cultural state in Asia but one who also be
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سيرة رجل عظيم قاد بلاده في فترة عصيبة بعد استقلال سنغافورة عن ماليزيا ونجح رغم العداوات من دول الجوار ورغم ضعف الموارد الطبيعية ورغم الاختلاف العرقي المكّون للمجتمع.
وجود قائد مثل لي كوان يو عنده رؤية واضحة لماسيتم تحقيقه ونجاحه في استقطاب الكفاءات لمساعدته في مسعاه وثقة الناخبين به هي ثالوث النجاح .
تفاصيل كثيرة تناولها لي كوان يو الأب الروحي لدولة سنغافورة وكيف استطاع التغلب على المشكلات والصعوبات التي واجهته .
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
وجدته مفيدا جدا
Sam Cui
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and insightful. Half the book explains the context and challenges LKY faced in the journey of transforming Singapore from a third world British colony into a first world leader. The second half dives into LKY's thoughts on countries around the world and their unique situations. An incredibly insightful book by one of the greatest leaders of the modern era. Highly recommend.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
finished this about 3 years ago. nothing but respect for this pragmatic, disciplined man.
Salem Lorot
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you read the history of a country's success through the lens of one of its foremost architects, it is a reading experience that is slow and deliberate. Lee Kuan Yew tries to show the progress of Singapore over the years since the formation of PAP, her intrigues, her politics, her successes. And in all this, his paintbrush extends to the geopolitics of China, Russia, Britain, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia.

This is how he ends the 691-page long memoir:

"The future is as full of promise as it is
Deanne Dumo
Mr. Lee's memoirs first narrates how his team took the reins and built Singapore from scratch when the city-state was expelled from Malaysia in mid-1960s. His team was organized in crafting policies, such as targeting investments and building up key high-tech manufacturing industries, building up their defense capabilities, devising an efficient health care and housing system, promoting tourism through building up airport infrastructure and nurturing its national airline, improving tertiary educ ...more
Michael Dubakov
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Скучная, но интересная книга о Сингапуре. В основном про политику, но есть и несколько забавных глав про организацию государства. Ли Кван Ю пишет монотонно и довольно скучно, а вот контент хороший. По такому пути могла бы пойти и Беларусь. Без особой свободы прессы, с одной партией и с одним премьером 30 лет, но зато с крутой экономической свободой, высоким уровнем образования и в целом с заботой о народе. Но пока не идет.
Alexander Tarmolov
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
How to build a country from the scratch. Unbelievable story of unbelievable man. Must to read (at least first part of the book).
Tulga G
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee Kyun Yew was very visionary man with great intelligence, braveness and talent.
He founded the modern Singapore and changed it to one of the biggest economy country. There was no other country like Singapore where its leader had very big ambition to build the first world country from just an island, that is why his new methods and schemes for the development had been never tried before. His decisions in his prime time sounded like a cruel and hard one at that time, but from today's perspective
Miranda Starmz
Fascinating. LKY can be fairly divisive, but I really appreciate having access to someone whose views are somehow similar yet very conflicting with mine.

Divided into thematic sections, 'From Third World to First' is slightly more meandering than his 'Memoirs'. It admirably covers a large swath of his life in only 700 pages, but not every section is equally worthwhile. It is also indubitable that, given that this is more a 'LKY's perspective on issues', my rating is more biased by my own views.

May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سيرة حياة الناجحين يستحيل تقييمها ناهيك عن سردها في كتاب.
Saeed M
A very informative book, everyone should read to learn how the tiny nation graduated from the third world to the first world
Ahmed Ejam
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب عبارة عن شيه سيرة ذاتية يشرح فيها لي كوان يو قصة كفاحه ومثابرته في تطوير سنغافورة
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being an Indian after reading every chapter the questions that came to my mind are

"Why couldn't we produce leaders and visionaries of this quality post 70's and 80's?
Are our systems that bad that we can never be able to achieve the social and economic development that Singapore has achieved? Or is it because of sheer coincidence that we could not populate our politics with world class leaders?
Why are we still grappling with most basic questions like poverty, housing, education, health, roads,
Andrew Carr
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been meaning to read this book for a while, and after hearing of Lee Kuan Yews worsening condition last week I finally pulled it off my shelf. I’m very glad I did.

To be a ‘great man of history’ you usually have to lead a large nation or embody a clear and significant culture or ideology. Lee Kuan Yew did neither, but he was no doubt, a great man.

Lee led a small city state, which both joined and left a larger federation in his time, and was nearly swamped by the much larger states on either
Astrid Haas
From Third World to First by Lee Kuan Yew (My Rating 3*)  This is a beast of a book with over 750 pages. I read it for three reasons: one I am totally fascinated by Singapore's development; secondly, I remember the national mourning that enveloped Singapore when Lee Kuan Yew passed away and so I wanted to understand more about his person; and thirdly, I have read that there are a good number of leaders of developing nations in the world today that use this book as their quasi-bible. I can defini ...more
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Lee Kuan Yew was born in Singapore in 1923. He was educated at Raffles College, Singapore and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England. He was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, London, in 1950 and practised law in Singapore. He became advisor to several trade unions.

In 1954, he was a founder of the People's Action Party and was Secretary General up to 1992.

Mr Lee became Singapore's Prime Minister i
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