Singapore Books - History

Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000

by Gretchen Liu.
Singapore: Archipelago Press in Association with National Heritage Board, 1999. 400p.

A trip back in time to the Singapore of the 19th and early 20th centuries, as viewed through more than 1200 images. Here're sketches, watercolours, engravings and photographs compiled from various sources from around the world. An excellent way of charting and remembering how far Singapore has progressed since its early years.

Singapore's 100 Historic Places

Singapore: Archipelago Press in association with National Heritage Board, 2002, 142p.
Behind the gleaming facade of modern Singapore lies a treasure trove of old historic buildings and sites. This slim volume unearths information on 100 historic locations such as temples, churches, mosques, museums, institutions and battle sites. It provides glimpses into the country's rich historical and cultural heritage.

Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

by Lee Kuan Yew.
Singapore: Times Editions & Singapore Press Holdings, 1998. 680p.

The Singapore Story is the first volume of the memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, the man who planted this island state firmly on the map of world and Singapore's Senior Minister. In intimate detail, Lee recounts the battles against colonialists, communists and communalists that led to Singapore's independence. This book is not all politics: Lee brings the reader into his private life, with unusual candour, personal anecdotes and the occasional touch of humour. The book is a significant resource for historians and political analysts as it provides insights into national and international issues confronting the contry and of the Senior Minister's roles and perception in and on the Malaysian period 1963-65.

From Third World to First: The Singapore Story 1965-2000

Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew by Lee Kuan Yew.
Singapore: Times Editions & Singapore Press Holdings, 2000. 778p

This book continues the story of Singapore's dramatic rise. Delving deep into his meticulous notes and previously unpublished papers and Cabinet records, Lee Kuan Yew details the extraordinary efforts it took for an island city-state in Southeast Asia to survive. Lee writes frankly about his trenchant approach to political opponents and his often unorthodox views on human rights, democracy and inherited intelligence. It offers readers an even more compelling mix of political insight and intrigue.