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Lee Kuan Yew’s Memoirs Go Digital

Singapore, 25 August 2014 – For the first time, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s widely acclaimed memoirs, The Singapore Story and From Third World To First, will be made available in digital format. The combined print editions of the books have sold more than 430,000 copies in Singapore and Malaysia since they were first published in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

Mr Lee, Singapore’s founding father and first prime minister, reiterated that his objective of writing the memoirs was for a younger generation of Singaporeans; it was to give them “an understanding of the difficulties Singapore faced then in its struggle to survive in the midst of larger, newly independent nations pursuing nationalistic policies”.

In the author’s note to the eBook edition, Mr Lee added, “It is my hope that the experiences of my generation find relevance with a generation that grew up with digital literacy and technology.”

Professor Tom Plate, author of Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew, said: “More than a decade ago Lee Kuan Yew’s two-volume autobiography opened many eyes and minds to the astounding Singapore success story. The new digital editions should expand the audience and deepen the understanding even more.”

Head of Publishing for the Times Publishing Group, Ms Lee Fei Chen, highlighted that the eBooks are launched as a tribute to Mr Lee in this digital age and, “I am gratified that we are able to publish the eBooks in time for Mr Lee’s 91st birthday. Too many years have separated this e-edition from the print edition.”

The much-awaited eBooks will be available for purchase from 25 August 2014 at major e-tailers at S$34.99 for each volume.

The Singapore Story (Volume 1)

e-ISBN: 978-981-4561-76-1

Available on: Amazon Kindle, Apple i-bookstore, Google Play, Kobo,, Booktique, E-Sentral, Overdrive, E-brary, Net Library and Cyberlibris

From Third World to First (Volume 2)

eISBN-13: 978 981 4561 77 8

Available on: Google Play, E-Sentral, Kobo, Booktique and

The books are published jointly by Times Publishing Group and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).


About the Author

Lee Kuan Yew was born in Singapore on 16 September 1923. He read law at Cambridge University, England. In 1954, he formed the People’s Action Party. Five years later, the PAP won the Singapore general election and he became Prime Minister at age 35. He stepped down in November 1990 and assumed the post of Senior Minister until 2004. He was Minister Mentor till his retirement in May 2011.

The Singapore Story

The Singapore Story is the first volume of the memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, the man who planted the island state of Singapore firmly on the map of the world. It was first published in 1999. In intimate detail, Lee recounts the battles against colonialists, communists and communalists that led to Singapore’s independence.

From Third World To First

The second volume of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs, From The Third World To First, published in year 2000, takes up the Singapore Story from separation in August 1965 until the turn of the new millennium. It tells of Singapore’s growth and transformation. Delving deep into his own meticulous notes, as well as previously unpublished government papers and official records, Lee details the extraordinary efforts it took for an island city–state in Southeast Asia to survive at that time.