When Singapore broke free in 1965, many did not expect it to have a bright future. Now, this former British colonial trading post is not only a prime destination for Asian business and tourism, but it also boasts some of the finest facilities in the continent. Singapore has what is arguably the best airline in the world, the best airport and is the busiest trade port. It also boasts the world’s fourth-highest per capita real income, becoming a symbol of prosperity and progress. Lee Kuan Yew speaks with the authority of a man who has lived through and engineered much of Singapore’s recent history. He was a pivotal personality in its reformation as a newly formed country and he digs deep into hitherto unrevealed reports and notes to speak about that progress. He divulges how the tiny island city-state struggled to end the communist threat and reformed from the ashes of the old world. He explains how the government worked to improve the basic facilities, including roads through what was mainly a collection of swamps. He details how Singaporeans came together to form an army despite their numerous racial and ideological differences, and how the country secured the position it is famous for today.
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