A History of Modern Singapore, 1819-2005 Paperback – January 1, 2009
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- Publisher : National University of Singapore Press; Revised edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 488 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9971693437
- ISBN-13 : 978-9971693435
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a newly revised edition of the book that first appeared in 1977, and independent Singapore does not appear until page 299. Unfortunately, the broad focus of the early chapters is somewhat absent, and the last two chapters are heavily focused on the careers of individual politicians. Topics like education and economics are touched on briefly, but the history of the People's Action Party really dominates the last third of the book. I was also disappointed that there was no coverage of fiscal policy. Turnbull briefly discusses how the PAP invested heavily in schools and infrastructure following independence, but figures are sparse, and Turnbull never mentions tax policy or budget matters. Neither of Singapore's large sovereign wealth funds Temasek or GIC were ever mentioned. These complaints are very minor considering how well the preceding eight chapters cover Singapore's past. This is a must read for those interested in the subject.