SINGAPORE, 16 April 2014 - Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) is pleased to announce the release of the Chinese edition of its best seller “One Man’s View of the World” by Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Titled《李光耀观天下》中文版 (One Man’s View of the World by Lee Kuan Yew), the 400-page volume conveys Mr Lee’s views on the future of the major powers and regions of the world.
The English edition was launched on 6 August 2013 and has to date sold more than 50,000 copies. It was top on the non-fiction best sellers list.
After more than five decades representing Singapore on the international stage – as Prime Minister, Senior Minister, then Minister Mentor – Mr Lee has come to be known as one of the world’s most respected statesmen. He has met movers and shakers of his time, from former Chinese Community Party leader Mao Zedong to Chinese President Xi Jinping, and from former US President Lyndon Johnson to the current Barack Obama.
Britain's first woman Prime Minister, the late Margaret Thatcher famously declared that she had read all his speeches when she was in office, and that he was “never wrong”. Richard Nixon called him “a world statesman of the first rank”.
It is from this wealth of international experience that Mr Lee draws the wisdom and insight that inform this book.
The book is made up of 11 chapters. The first seven cover countries or regions: China, the United States, Europe, other Asian powers (Japan, India and Korea), South-east Asia, Singapore and the Middle East. Mr Lee also gives his views on the global economy and energy and climate change. Mr Lee, who turns 90 in September, also reflects candidly on life and death. The final chapter is a conversation between him and an old friend, former Chancellor of West Germany Helmut Schmidt, on leadership and on Europe.
A team from The Straits Times provided research and editorial material, and conducted a series of interviews with Mr Lee. Excerpts of these interviews are included in each chapter. The team included Han Fook Kwang, Zuraidah Ibrahim, Chua Mui Hoong and Elgin Toh; and Shashi Jayakumar (an Administrative Officer on secondment to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy).
The Chinese edition of One Man’s View of the World is the latest in a series of books published by SPH on Mr Lee. With its foreign policy focus, it is an apt complement to a previous book on Mr Lee - Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going (2011) which sets out Singapore's domestic challenges. Other previous books include My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore’s Bilingual Journey (2011), Lee Kuan Yew: The Man and His Ideas (1998), as well as Mr Lee’s two-volume memoirs, The Singapore Story (1998) and From Third World to First (2000).
The Chinese edition will be available at leading bookstores for $39.90 (inclusive of GST) from 17 April 2014. Online shoppers can also order the book from the Straits Times Press Online Bookstore: www.stpressbooks.com.sg. The English edition of One Man's View is also available at bookstores and at www.stpressbooks.com.sg.
For enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 6319-8347 from Monday to Friday (9am - 6pm). The book will be available in Malaysia one week after its Singapore release.
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