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Tom Plate

Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew

Political genius is never without controversy, or without mystery. This is what makes it so interesting and so rare. Is Lee Kuan Yew the feral, authoritarian figure that Western critics claim? Or a stoic pioneer in new approaches to developing a nation—uncorrupt, modern, almost scientific? American journalist Tom Plate first interviewed the founder of modern Singapore in 1996 in a continuing back-and-forth with LKY that led to the summer of 2009, when the former prime minister agreed to sit down for two days of unprecedentedly informal but intense conversations that led to this special book.This new edition includes fascinating excerpts from prior interviews, as well as the author’s assessment of the man who goes down in history as the world’s longest-serving prime minister—and as one of the most unforgettable political figures of modern times. “You have done a superb job of capturing the many facets of this extraordinary man…." – Dr Henry A. Kissinger on Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew.
221 printed pages
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  • Kelvin Pereirashared an impression9 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up



  • Hazel Hanhas quoted9 years ago
    Call this the poisoned fruit of authoritarian rule,
  • Hazel Hanhas quoted9 years ago
    Regarding the issue of alleged excessive social control: it’s sort of like banking and finance—the right level of regulation has a lot of sense to it.
  • Hazel Hanhas quoted9 years ago
    state-guided capitalism

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