To better understand modern Singapore takes understanding its long-time leader. Lee Kuan Yew, who has been called a visionary and authoritarian alike. He tells it straight in “The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew,” which offers a personal look back at the events that shaped the island nation. This tale offers greater understanding of this complex man, and the complex nation he leads, from British colonial rule through the Japanese occupation in WWII, to communist uprisings and finally independence and the struggles that followed… and continues today.

Even more insight can be gathered from Lee’s other book, “From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000,” which offers a look at how the nation became the economic powerhouse of the Far East that it is today.

The darkest day in Singapore, undoubtedly February 15 th , 1942, the day that Singapore’s defenders capitulated to the Japanese during World War II, is recalled in two excellent books. Dubbed “Fortress Singapore,” and considered unconquerable, the city fell in just two months after the start of hostilities between Great Britain and the Empire of Japan. “Singapore Burning” by Colin Smith, and Brian Farrell’s “The Defense and Fall of Singapore 1940-1942” each look at the various defensive measures and plans to fend off an attack, as well as the terrible price the inhabitants paid while under Japanese occupation.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nugget of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveler should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen (13+) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveler.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.

  • Local video rental store.
  • Local library - Travel Video or DVD.
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC video series website section.
  • Pilot travel guide series.
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or video series.
  • Escorted tour companies  DVD or video's  e.g. Rick Steves'.
  • National tourist bureaus MAY have a introduction video or DVD on offer or photo gallery on their Internet site.