Lion City

Lion City Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia

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Publisher's Synopsis

Lion City tells the extraordinary story of Singapore - the world's most successful city state.

In 1965, Singapore's GDP per capita was on a par with Jordan. Now it has outstripped Japan. After the Second World War and a sudden rupture with newly formed Malaysia, Singapore found itself independent - and facing a crisis. It took the bloody-minded determination and vision of Lee Kuan Yew, its founding premier, to take a small island of diverse ethnic groups with a fragile economy and hostile neighbours and meld it into Asia's first globalised city.

Lion City examines the different faces of Singaporean life - from education and health to art, politics and demographic challenges - and reveals how in just half a century, Lee forged a country with a buoyant economy and distinctive identity. It explores the darker side of how this was achieved too; through authoritarian control that led to it being dubbed 'Disneyland with the death penalty'.

Jeevan Vasagar, former Singapore correspondent for the Financial Times, masterfully takes us through the intricate history, present and future of this unique diamond-shaped island one degree north of the equator, where new and old have remained connected. Lion City is a personal, insightful and essential guide to the city, and how its remarkable rise is shaping East Asia and the rest of the world.

Book information

ISBN: 9781408713600
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Little, Brown
Pub date:
DEWEY: 959.57
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 572g
Height: 163mm
Width: 241mm
Spine width: 32mm