THE LAST FOOLS: 8 IMMORTALS OF LEE KUAN YEW
THE LAST FOOLS: 8 IMMORTALS OF LEE KUAN YEW
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THE LAST FOOLS: 8 IMMORTALS OF LEE KUAN YEW

by Peh Shing Huei

As Lee Kuan Yew and his Old Guard founding leaders attempted to shape an improbable nation from a tropical island with no hinterland, they depended on this elite collection of bureaucrats to turn their ideas into icons. The chosen octet not only built the world’s best airport, the best sea port, and the best airline, but also designed a housing, healthcare, infrastructure, security, leadership, and financial system that rivalled the best in the world.

Yet as Third World transformed into the First through the sheer creativity and grit of these men, the Eight Immortals faded from public memory, slowly forgotten by a young nation racing into the future. Some of their names adorn libraries, institutions, and scholarships, but few in Singapore would be able to recall the achievements of George Bogaars, Andrew Chew, Hon Sui Sen, Howe Yoon Chong, Lee Ek Tieng, Ngiam Tong Dow, J. Y. Pillay, and Sim Kee Boon.

For the first time, The Last Fools tells the extraordinary and inspiring stories of these eight civil servants. Through the eyes of eight experienced journalists and authors, this independent book reveals the trade-offs, sacrifices, and secrets behind the breathtaking rise of the tiny nation. Award-winning editor Peh Shing Huei delivers a provocative read that provides insights into how Singapore has become one of the world’s most developed economies and peaceful countries..



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Product Details

  • Binding : Softback
  • Publisher : Nutgraf Books
  • Publication Date : 2022-05-16
  • Weight : 300g
  • Product Code : 9789811843631
  • Dimension : 150 × 230 × 20 mm

About Author

Peh Shing Huei

Peh Shing Huei is the author of several No. 1 bestsellers on Singapore politics and government, including most recently Standing Tall and Tall Order, biographies on the country’s second Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong. He was a winner of the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016 for his book When the Party Ends. He is a founding partner of content agency The Nutgraf, and former news editor and China bureau chief at The Straits Times.

Other books written or co-written by the author:
Standing Tall: The Goh Chok Tong Years
Panjang: The Tall Boy Who Became Prime Minister
Tall Order: The Goh Chok Tong Story
Rings of Stars and Crescent: 70 Years of the Olympic Movement in Singapore
Dream Island: The Mad, Mad World of Philip Yeo
Project 0812: The Inside Story of Singapore’s Journey to Olympic Glory
Neither Civil Nor Servant: The Philip Yeo Story
When the Party Ends: China’s Leaps and Stumbles after the Beijing Olympics
Struck by Lightning: Singaporean Voices Post-1965.