Book review of "No Man is an Island: a portrait of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew" by James Minchin, Allen and Unwin, Sydney

Leggett, Chris (1992) Book review of "No Man is an Island: a portrait of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew" by James Minchin, Allen and Unwin, Sydney. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 22 (4). pp. 564-565.

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Abstract

[Extract] James Minchin's No Man is an Island is based on a thesis he presented to the University of Melbourne. First published in 1986, the version reviewed here is an update with most of the new material in 35 added pages under the heading "Postscript: Five Years On." It purports to fill the gap between Alex Josey's "hard to digest" Lee Kuan Yew l (1968) and T.J.S. George's "hatchet job," Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore 2 (1984). For this reviewer, reading No Man is an Island has proved easier for his first having read the others. Minchin tends to assume a level of familiarity with Singapore politics and society by his readers which is unlikely to be possessed by all but a few specialist scholars and, of course, inevitable in such a small nation, the gossip loving Singaporeans. However, Minchin does not expect his book to be on sale in the City State, which is surprising because the more directly critical Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore is.

Item ID: 16302
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
Keywords: Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew
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ISSN: 1752-7554
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 07:10
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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