"Well-written and eminently readable ... should find a home on shelves throughout Asia and, one hopes, globally as well." --Asian Review of Books
"A truly absorbing read for anyone. If you know absolutely nothing about Singapore's history, this is probably the only 'Singapore Story' you should read."
--Rachel Leow, History News Network
"Something of a Trojan Horse volume. It masquerades as little more than an interesting collection of stories, while shedding light on the deeper historical roots of modern Singapore." --Ben Bland, Global Asia
"Erudite, accessible ... the prose sparkles with varifocal narratives that flit engagingly from anecdotal minutiae of individual life stories to panoramic analyses of the country's most pivotal moments."
From the Inside Flap
While famous names from Singapore's past take their place, this new story also introduces a cast of lesser known, though no less compelling, historical personalities - from dissenting poets and radical ideologues, to patriotic factory workers and early feminists. The portrait of Singapore that emerges is dashing, lively and multi-layered, and it offers fresh insight into the ruptures and continuities that have made Singaporeans and their nation what they are today.