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Chinese edition of Mr Lee's book

The Straits Times | Charissa Yong | Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

A best-selling book by former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, One Man's View Of The World, will be available in Chinese from today.

The English edition of the 400-page book, which conveys Mr Lee's views on the future of the major powers and regions of the world, was launched last August.

More than 50,000 copies of the book, which topped The Sunday Times' non-fiction bestsellers list, has been sold by the publisher, Straits Times Press, so far.

"The English edition is doing well. We expect the Chinese edition to sell well, too," said its executive director Shirley Hew.

Mr Lee spent more than five decades representing Singapore on the international stage as prime minister, senior minister and minister mentor.

During this time, he met influential world figures, including the top leaders of China, from Mao Zedong in 1976 to current President Xi Jinping; and of the United States, from Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967 to current President Barack Obama.

In the 11-chapter book, Mr Lee, 90, reflects candidly on life and death. The first seven chapters cover countries and regions: China, the United States, Europe, other Asian powers, South-east Asia, Singapore and the Middle East. Mr Lee also gives his views on the global economy and climate change.

The final chapter is a conversation between him and an old friend, the former chancellor of West Germany, Mr Helmut Schmidt, on leadership and Europe.

A team from The Straits Times provided research and editorial material, and conducted a series of interviews with Mr Lee. Excerpts of these interviews are included in each chapter.

The Chinese edition of One Man's View Of The World is the latest in a series of books published by Singapore Press Holdings on Mr Lee. Another which has also been published in Chinese is Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going (2011), which sets out Singapore's domestic challenges.

Other books in the series include My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey (2011), Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas (1998), as well as Mr Lee's two-volume memoirs, The Singapore Story (1998) and From Third World To First (2000).

The Chinese edition of his latest book will go on sale at leading bookstores for $39.90. The first print run has 15,000 copies. Online shoppers can order the book from the Straits Times Press Online Bookstore at www.stpressbooks.com.sg. The English edition is also available at bookstores and online at www.stpressbooks.com.sg.

The book will be sold in Malaysia next week.

charyong@sph.com.sg

This article was published on April 17 in The Straits Times.

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