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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 reco ...more
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Published October 7th 1998 by Pearson Ed Asia (first published 1998)
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This is the first of two volumes of memoirs by Lee Kuan Yew, prime minister of Singapore for 30 years, and its most influential leader. It is not without reason that he titles his memoir The Singapore Story.

His prose is disciplined and workmanlike, and he prefers stating facts over reminiscence. He passes over his very British early education, his childhood in Singapore, and even over the incredible brutality of the Japanese occupation with crisp mechanical description. He goes to work on the bl
Mohamad Dahrouj
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
الان عرفت كيف ولدت سنغافورة من خلال حياة اول رئيس وزراء لها في عهد الاستقلال . قبل الكتاب كنت اعتقد ان سنغافورة سلخت عن ماليزيا بواسطة الاستعمار البريطاني لكني الان اعرف انها دمجت بماليزيا حتى تصبح قابلة للحياة وتنال حريتها . لكن الاختلاف العرقي والتنازع القوي بين المالاويين المسلمين وهم السكان الاصليين للبلاد وبين الصينيين وخوف المسلمين من تكاثر الصينيين في ماليزيا وسيطرتهم على الحيلة فيها وخاصة انهم يسيطرون على عصب الاقتصاد كل هذا جعل المسلمين يدفعون الى فصل سنغافورة ذات الأكثرية الصينية عن ما ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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اخيييرا خلصته كتاب جيد بس للأسف مطول جدا ويحتوي على تفصيلات كتير مالهاش لازمه عالعموم الجزء التاني أهم لانه بيحكي عمل ايه بعدالانفصال عن ماليزيا و ازاي بقت من دول العالم الاول
قصي بن خليفة
عجباً لهذا التاريخ ¬¬ولهذه الأحداث فكأن المسلم تقنّع بمبادئ غير المسلم، وغير المسلم (لي كوان يو) تلبّس بخلق ونظام وعدالة وشجاعة الإسلام

كتاب ملحمي! فيه سيرة عملاق من صُنّاع التاريخ. وفيه دروس لنا وأي دروس. وفيه تاريخ سياسي مهم للناس عامة وللمسلمين خاصة! وفيه فائدة وحكمة وظرافة
كنت أظن قصة سنغافورة هي قصة نجاح اقتصادي مذهل، وهي كذلك ولكن القصة الحقيقية حدثت قبل. وهي قصة تأسيس هذه الدولة المتقدمة في وسط دول من العالم الثالث! ... وهي في نفس الوقت سيرة ذاتية للمؤسس الفعلي للدولة لي كوان يو
Caleb Liu
Mar 25, 2007 rated it liked it
He is too fascinating a man, and has left far too large an imprint on modern Singapore history for this to be an uninteresting book. Having lived through many of the climactic moments surrounding the foundation of the modern Singapore state, this first volume of memoirs would have value in itself as a historical account of what happened. Still, one gets the sense in reading this of a didactic lecturer not seeking justification - he never has felt the need - but closer to that of a stern father i ...more
May 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Unfortunately I was unable to finish this book and thus my review remains incomplete.

This autobiography was a fascinating view into a bygone era: the decline of Britain's empire and the struggle of Asian colonies for independence and against the spread of Communism. It's difficult to truly understand the significance of the twin challenges of Imperialism and Communism, so far removed are we from those times.

Lee accomplishes three things here: he states his principles, he tells the story of his o
kewan alghofaily
الكتاب بدايته مشوقه, وفي النص يقل التشويق في مقابل إنه يزيد الملل
كنت جدًا متحمسة للكتاب, لكوني ماأملك أي معلومات عن سنغافورة
سنغافورة كانت تابعة لبريطانيا, هجوم اليابان عليها أدى لخسائر صحية, نفسية, مادية.أصبحت جزء من ماليزيا, إلى نهاية الكتاب حيث استقلت أخيرًا

شخصيته جدًا مبهرة, ذكية, اعجبني تصرفه لمن توجه إلى تعلم اللغة/اللهجة حتى يضمن موافقتهم عليه, مافيه التزام أكبر من تعلم لغة في وقت ضيق وقصير, وعدم خجله من الاعتراف باخطاءه اللغوية

الممل بالموضوع, أنا شخص ما أفقه في 90% من محتوى الكتاب, وكثي
Hussain Buhlaigah
يقص "لي كوان يو" (أو هاري حسب اسمه الانجليزي) قصة حياته منذ الطفولة مع والديه وما مر به في فصول الدراسة حتى التخرج وبعد ذلك الابتعاث إلى بريطانيا لاستكمال دراساته قبل أن يعود إلى وطنه سنغافورا. بعد العودة تبدأ قصته مع السياسة أولا كمحامي ثم إلى حزبي ترأس المعارضة ثم رئاسة الوزراء. يحكي السياسي المحنك باسهاب وتفاصيل جمة عما مر به خلال عمله السياسي ونضاله أمام الشيوعيين ثم أثناء حملته المضنية لانضمام سنغافورا إلى إتحاد ماليزيا وهو ما نجح بتحقيقه فعلاً. لم تستمر سنغافورا ماليزيا إلا لسنتين فقط بالر ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overrated book, i think, but still very interesting, since the author was leader of Singapore for almost half a century. His comments on politics and economics are often very smart and iteresting to read, as well as his comments on many famous politicians, but at times are boring and superficial (or maybe it is just eastern politeness). The book is worth to read for everybody who is interested in history, politics and economic policy.
أسدالدين أحمد
فى أكثر من ستمائة صفحة أو يزيد يسرد لى كوان يو مذكراته الشخصية
لكن فى الحقيقة خيبت تلك المذكرات أملى إلى حد كبير
كنت أريد أن اقرأ فى المذكرات قصة النهوض ومشاكل التقدم لا مسائل الصراع على السلطة ومشاكل الانفصال عن مالاوى "ماليزيا " فى الحقيقة فى انتظار جزء ثانى لتلك المذكرات
Ahmed Sobieh
Feb 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب تأريخ لفتره ما .. يعتبر مرجع للعاوز يتكلم او يكتب عن سنغافوره لكن لقارئ عادى زى مش مفيد
Catherine  Mustread
More than I wanted to know (or could ever remember) about Singapore's independence and political beginnings.
anna b
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I'm a 3rd generation Singaporean and have great reverence for LKY (I've work on a small project directly involved with him and partly also due to the propaganda in school.) Hence, I find it hard to reconcile the fact that my grandparents disliked him and my parents (and their siblings) find him bearable. This book is a candid memoir of his early life as well as his political journey which led to the separation of Singapore and Malaysia. I got to know LKY better and the reason why some may dislik ...more
Abdullah Alqasir
هذا الجزء الأول من مذكرات لي كوان يو وفيه يتكلم عن طفولته في سنغافورة وتعليمه حتى انفصال سنغافورة عن ماليزيا. كوان يو ينتمي لنوع من البشر النادر وهو الذي يلتزم بمبادئ ثابته ويقاتل في سبيلها لحد الموت، هذا النوع من السياسيين هو ما ينقصنا هنا. على طول الكتاب لا تجد إلا صراعات بين لي كوان يو إمل مع الشيوعيين في سنغافورة أو مع الملاويين في كوالالمبور. الكتاب ملئ بتفاصيل هذه الصراعات لذلك وجدت نفسي اقفز لكي أصل إلى نتيجة هذا الصراع أو ذاك، لكي أبتعد عن التفاصيل المملة نوعًا ما ( مع وجود عدد كبير من ا ...more
Huong Man
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
Một cuốn hồi ký đầy đủ, chi tiết qua các thời kỳ của vị thủ tướng danh tiếng. Trước đây mình có nghe nhiều về Lý Quang Diệu trong thời kỳ xây dựng Singapore, cuốn sách này lại đưa đến một chân dung vị thủ lĩnh trong thời kỳ tranh đấu cho độc lập của đảo quốc này. Vì những giai đoạn đề cập đến trong sách khá là rối ren cộng thêm bói cảnh chính trị và những nhân vật liên quan thau đổi liên tục nên cần sự tập trung và liên kết các sự kiện tốt để hiểu được những hệ quả của nó.
Tuyen Tran
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
Cuốn sách viết về giai đoạn đầy rối rắm chính trị của Sing trước khi độc lập. Qua lời kể của ông Lý thì mọi sự kiện và nhân vật được kết nối với nhau một cách rõ ràng và dễ hiểu hơn rất nhiều so với trước. Mình thích phong cách của Lý Quang Diệu, một tay quân tử đích thực thời hiện đại.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
It was a good read to understand what happened before the formation of Singapore and the hardship that Lee Kuan Yew and his team faced internally and externally during this period.

But what I really wanted to know was how Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore from a struggling island to a thriving developed country.

Perhaps my expectations from the book was something else.
AlZahra  Al
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تجربة فريدة ولكن استغرقت الكثير من الوقت لقراءته لإني شعرت بالملل بعض الشيء بسبب سرده كل حدث بالتفصيل . يدخل كل من لا يفهم في عالم السياسة إلى ذلك العالم و يثري معلومات القراء بالسياسية و خطط ونهج السياسيين.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Azat Sultanov
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Я думал эта книга никогда не кончится. В общем неплохая. Видимо просто мои ожидания были другими. Я не ожидал, что будет столько много политики. Приходилось вычленять интересные мысли. Историко-политические экскурсы меня не особо интересовали. Я хотел узнать как он смог построить честное правительство. Короче он сам был честным и создал такой комитет, который мог подвергать сомнению любого члена правительства. Чиновники должны были доказывать, что они чисты. В их отношении была презумпция виновн ...more
Marcus Seah
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The growth of Singapore is almost always presented as the rapid transformation from a dilapidated fishing village to bustling city state. As a child, I've largely been left to my imagination to fill in the gaps as to what transpired in order to create the modern Singapore.

In this book, the late LKY shares in intricate detail the hardships that he & his fellow party members endured from the Japanese occupation to the final separation from Malaysia. The memoir is not only an extremely well-wr
Danny Quah
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
A good read generally. The book is an account of developments as told by LKY himself - straight-talking and opinionated. Obviously there are disagreements - even with those closest to him - some not just of opinion but fact. The English language used in the book is definitely of its time, with a rhythm and phrasings no longer encountered. But all in all a chunk of valuable history for pretty much everyone who wants to know about Asia generally and development in the second part of the 20th centu ...more
Jun 08, 2014 is currently reading it
رغم الاسهاب الا انه مفيد جدا..مما علمنى
1.الشعور بالاضطهاد والخوف من الفناء)المخاطر القوية) توحد الصفوف وتقوى الروابط..ظهر فى توحد الملايو وقوتهم
2.البطش العسكرى والعنف هو عقيدة عسكرية يمارسها العسكر فيما بينهم من الطبقة الاعلى للاقل،لذلك يعاملون به البشر
3.ارتباط الارواح بفكرة عليا وانهم شعب الله المختار وان روحهم الى سمو بعد الموت جعل اليابانييين مقاتلين مستميتين عكس البرود الانجليزى الذى كان لا يتعدى الامر عنده المصلحة
4.وهم الامبراطورية التى لا تهزم وانه لن تكون ابدا هناك مقاومة وانت تربي فى حضن
Abdul-aziz Hassan
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
كتاب يتحدث عن تجربة سنغافورة من أيام الحرب العالمية والاجتياح الياباني لها ، يأخذنا بعدها الكاتب إلى قصة دراستة في بريطانيا ، وبعدها يتحدث عن حياته المهنية وعن تأسيسه حزبه وانتخابه رئيسا للوزراء في غضون ٥ سنوات وعن المصاعب التي واجهته ضد الشيوعيين وعن محاولة الاتحاد مع ماليزيا وبعد ذلك الاستقلال عنها ، كتاب مهم للأشخاص الذين يريدون أن يعرفو التفاصيل الدقيقه لقصة سنغافورة (١٩٥٥- ١٩٦٥) حتى استقلالها ، شخصيا اكملت ثلثين الكتاب ولم أكمل الباقي بسبب احتواءه على تفاصيل دقيقه لا تفيد إلا أصحاب الاختصاص ...more
Saidi Mdala
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

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Otgontuya Davaanyam
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Jake Losh
A very good memoir book, full of the history and politics of Malaysia and Singapore and with lots of juicy details about the history and politics of 1950s-1960s Britain and Commonwealth countries. The early chapters are as good a history of the British colonial twilight and Japanese occupation of Malaya/Singapore as you're likely to find in English. It's a fascinating part of the Pacific theater that I'd never considered before reading this book. How LKY governs following WW2 is also really inte ...more
Virag Padalkar
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Fascinating story. I know there are two schools of thought about Lee Kuan Yew and I know the issue is too complex to be answered so simply. But what immediately struck me is that the story of the Singaore riots is uncannily like the story of Godhra. Certain parties wanted to create a communal rift between Malay Muslims and the Chinese and they used the media to malign Lee and take advantage of said rift for ulterior motives. Very similar to what happened in Gujarat when certain elements used the ...more
TK Wong
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anh Vu Phan
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Trong tập này của cuốn hồi ký, Lý Quang Diệu tiết lộ chi tiết hành trình khó khăn của mình và dân tộc thoát ra khỏi sự đô hộ của người Anh và trở thành quốc gia độc lập ngoài Liên Bang Mã Lai. Trong những phần đầu nói về thời thơ ấu và niên thiếu, ông tiết lộ ảnh hưởng sâu sắc của thời kỳ thuộc Anh và thời kỳ Nhật chiếm đóng tới tư tưởng và phong cách lãnh đạo sau này. Ông cũng đề cập tới quá trình học ngành luật ở Cambridge, Anh và quá trình thành lập đảng PAP và đấu tranh giành chính quyền ở S ...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
“The task of the leaders must be to provide or create for them a strong framework within which they can learn, work hard, be productive and be rewarded accordingly. And this is not easy to achieve.” 7 likes
“After trying out a number of ways to reduce inequalities and failing, I was gradually forced to conclude that the decisive factors were the people, their natural abilities, education and training. Knowledge and the possession of technology were vital for the creation of wealth.” 6 likes
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