The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew was a little daunting at first- the book is several hundred pages long, and is pretty heavy on historical events. I thought I might be easily bored by it, but I dug in anyway. It turned out to be fascinating. It starts with LKY (Singapore's future prime minister) as a child, and apparently he was a bit of a class clown in his younger days. The image of him as a mischievous little boy was so at odds with the regal statesman that I picture now, that I couldn't help but laugh. Reading the tale of his falling in love with Choo, his future wife, was an endearing window into a different side of a man who I usually see as practical and no-nonsense. LKY progressed as a man throughout the book- going off to England for college, braving the Japanese occupation of Singapore, working his first professional job at a law firm, and eventually getting interested in politics and forming the People's Action Party. From there, he serves in several elected positions, always working toward a better, more stable Singapore.
Where the first volume of LKY's memoirs left off, From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000 picks up. Also written by Lee Kuan Yew, it tells the tale of Singapore's first 35 years of independence. I haven't read it yet, but I'll share it with you when I do!
(Update: Sadly, on the day that I posted this, Kwa Geok Choo, Lee Kuan Yew's wife, passed away at the age of 89. She lived a long and full life, and managed to have her own successful career while still fulfilling the role of model political wife. With her passing, Singapore certainly lost a piece of its history.
Bryan and I were having a laid-back day, watching Success Stories: Lee Kuan Yew, a video documentary of LKY's political life. I was admiring Choo, who was in the video with him- even in their advanced age, they seemed so in love. When the video was over, we came into the living room and turned on the TV, where we saw a news bulletin that she had passed away. It was strange and sad timing).