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Lion City: Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia

Jeevan Vasagar

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Singapore, History

The extraordinary story of Singapore told by the expert correspondent for the Financial Times

Lion City tells the extraordinary story of Singapore - the world's most successful city state.

In 1965, Singapore's GDP per capita was on a par with Jordan. Now it has outstripped Japan. After the Second World War and a sudden rupture with newly formed Malaysia, Singapore found itself independent - and facing a crisis. It took the bloody-minded determination and vision of Lee Kuan Yew, its founding premier, to take a small island of diverse ethnic groups with a fragile economy and hostile neighbours and meld it into Asia's first globalised city.

Jeevan Vasagar, former Singapore correspondent for the Financial Times, masterfully takes us through the intricate history, present and future of this unique diamond-shaped island one degree north of the equator, where new and old have remained connected. Lion City is a personal, insightful and essential guide to the city, and how its remarkable rise is shaping East Asia and the rest of the world.

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Praise for Lion City: Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia

  • Unexpectedly moving...a good introduction for the general reader suddenly turns to questions of love, grief, deceit and identity - The TLS

  • Vasagar gives Singapore a fair-and detailed-shake - Asian Review of Books

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Jeevan Vasagar

Jeevan Vasagar is a writer and award-winning journalist. From 2015 to 2017, he was Singapore and Malaysia correspondent for the Financial Times, travelling the region to report on demands for political reform, technological innovation and the growing influence of China.

Before that he was the FT's Berlin correspondent, and he spent twelve years at the Guardian, in a range of roles including East Africa correspondent in Nairobi, and education editor in London. His writing has also appeared in The Economist, the LA Times and the New Statesman.

He can be found on Twitter: @jeevanvasagar

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