Anyway, this week, instead of a current book, I thought I'd share an excerpt from a book I just finished (before all the school madness started). It's called The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew, edited by Shashi Jayakumar and Rahul Sagar. If you're curious as to why I chose to read this book, you can read my reasons here.
"The Chinese leaders were probably aware of Vladimir Lenin's famous maxim: "Probe with a bayonet: If you meet steel, stop. If you meet much, then push." By demonstrating a steely spine in his dealings with great powers, Mr. Lee helped to expand the geopolitical space for Singapore." (page 12)
If you're wondering, this particular "dealing" would be Mr. Lee telling the Chinese government that the book they tried to give him is merely their version of history, and that India has its own version. And that anyway, what the Chinese thought had nothing to do with us. That was a brave move, in my opinion.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
What is your teaser Tuesday?