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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.

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Giants of Asia: Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew (2nd Edition)
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straight to the point
October 15th, 2014
Conversation with a founder who takes no nonsense. Understood and learn why and how things are done and with flexibility. The show of integrity and truthfulness.
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Giants of asia
July 15th, 2014
It is interesting to read the viewpoint of an American writer on a controversial enough character like LKY who is not only liked by many but also disliked by some. LKY is portrayed as a no-nonsense, brillant and honest person. Despite of what we know of his temper he treated the writer in a very civil and humane fashion without exerting his official authority. This speaks so well of LKY. It is quite obvious that the writer has great admiration for LKY. The part when he gave LKY a parting hug was very touching. It felt like the author was giving a hug to a wise grandfather. The writer has also very skillfully weaved in a narrative style into the interview which made it very readable.
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