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Lee also describes one of his most controversial proposals: tax breaks and schooling incentives to encourage educated men and women to marry each other and have children. "Our best women were not reproducing themselves because men who were their educational equals did not want to marry them.... This lopsided marriage and procreation pattern could not be allowed to remain unmentioned and unchecked," writes Lee. Most of the book, however, is a chronicle of how Lee helped create so much material prosperity. Anticommunism is a strong theme throughout, and Lee comments broadly on international politics. He is cautiously friendly toward the United States, chastising it for a "dogmatic and evangelical" foreign policy that scolds other countries for human-rights violations, except when they interfere with American interests, "as in the oil-rich Arabian peninsula." Even so, he writes, "the United States is still the most benign of all the great powers.... [and] all noncommunist countries in East Asia prefer America to be the dominant weight in the power balance of the region." From Third World to First is not the most gripping book imaginable, but it is a vital document about a fascinating place in a time of profound transition. --John J. Miller
Mr. Lee Kuan Yew is briliant, strong, passionate, brave; what a great life and man!Published 15 days ago by RK
One of the best books I've read, ever. Especially the first 1/3 of the book details how a man of talent built a country from scratch. Very inspiring and motivational for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If we could just have five of these people running the entire world, peace and happiness would be achievable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by analyzethis
This is a must read for anyone interested in leadership strategies. Lee Kuan Yew's book provided insight into how as a formidable leader he took a few Chinese emigrants from an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terri Neimann
As a frequent visitor to Singapore over the years and as a great admirer of Lee Kuan Yew as one of the truly gigantic statesmen of the 20th century, it should come as no surprise... Read morePublished 5 months ago by TropicalHeat