What's better than reading? Reading withour limits :D
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Read online the first chapters of this book!
All characters reduced
Mister HDB: The Life and Legacy of Lim Kim San - cover

Mister HDB: The Life and Legacy of Lim Kim San

Asad Latiff

Publisher: Epigram Books

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

How does a spoilt young boy and party-going dandy become the man who housed a nation? Discover the passion that drives Lim Kim San from his comfortable, carefree life into a mission that would change Singapore forever.

Other books that might interest you

  • Nora Roberts: A Biography - cover

    Nora Roberts: A Biography

    Sarah Lilton

    • 0
    • 4
    • 0
    ABOUT THE BOOK 
    Nora Roberts scoffs at spineless hero­ines … “Weak, passive people don’t make good characters,” she says. She is equally brutal about needy men: “If a man wants someone to take care of him, he should get a dog as a companion and live with his mother.” - Washington Post 
    It was a dark and stormy night - although it may not have been stormy or even dark, but the infamous blizzard of February 1979 was enough to lock Nora Roberts inside with her two young sons board games and a rapidly decreasing supply of chocolate. For something new to do, she grabbed a tablet and began writing her first novel in longhand and voila, she had found what she was meant to do. By 1980 her first novel was published From such humble beginnings, Nora Roberts today has written over 200 books, countless articles and stories and earns over $60 million each year. Not bad for a highschool graduate with no formal college or writing training. 
    EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK 
    Her writing is full of strong powerful women, able to solve problems, and able enter into healthy solid relationships with men. Another thing that makes her writing unique is that unlike most romance writing, the point of view is not always female. Roberts, with four older brothers and two sons, understands the male point of view - something she learned since she was surrounded by men all her life. (She finally has a grand-daughter, so the streak of only male relatives is over.)  This often gives her books a new perspective and understanding of those stalwart heroes of romantic fiction.  Her women are quite capable and not waiting to be rescued. They are equal adversaries of the men, and their relationships capture the sexual tension that permeates each page. Roberts’ lovers hover between the sublime and the mundane, treating sex as a wonderful useful outlet, but it is not the all encompassing flame that obfuscates the remainder of life.
    One of the reasons that romance literature is so soundly denigrated by reviewers and literary types is that it is fiction written by women for women. When a man writes a “romance” novel, it is immediately categorized as something else, so that it won’t fall under the chick lit stigma. As Roberts says “Unless "a guy writes one and they call it something else. And it gets reviewed and made into a movie … A woman writes it and it's just one of those," she says. "I mean, how long are you going to fight that battle?"
    Meg Cabot, the author of the Princess Diaries novels, says is the cornerstone of her success. "Her heroes and heroines are so strong yet so flawed. They have these personal handicaps, and that's something that's made Nora's books so different to many written in the past, because the characters are so relatable."
    Roberts keeps her finger on the pulse of her readers’ interests and produces works that reflects the times. For instance in her The Circle Trilogy (2006), Roberts draws upon the rising interest in the supernatural, Irish mythology, wicca, witches, alternate worlds, vampire hunters, and of course vampires at war with humanity. She has three couples and despite adversity, produces a happy ending.  Her three female characters are strong women; capable of leading nations and battles, conjuring spells and demon slaying as everyday occurrences. Her male characters are hot tempered, testy and brave, equal to the women in every way - even the ‘vampire hero’. Roberts fills her books with pop culture references, with characters drinking a “coke” or watching TV, using a laptop or even copying shower schematics to translate to a more medieval world. What works best though is the interplay between the characters, the sexual tension and its ultimate release.
    Show book
  • Charles Manson - The Man Who Murdered the Sixties - cover

    Charles Manson - The Man Who...

    David J. Krajicek

    • 0
    • 5
    • 0
    Charles Manson was an unlikely messiah. Freshly paroled, he stumbled into San Francisco in 1967 just as thousands of impressionable young people were streaming into town for the Summer of Love. 
     
    Posing as a musician-come-guru-come-Christ-figure, Manson built a commune cult of hippies, consisting mainly of troubled young women. But what made this group set out on the four-week killing spree that claimed seven lives? Former Journalism Professor, David J Krajicek, seeks to discover just that. 
     
    This book includes: • Introduction into the counterculture of the sixties • In-depth profiles of Manson's followers • Breakdowns of each murder, including diary accounts, interviews and legal testimonies from the killers themselves • An account of the events in Manson's own words • Insight into Manson's manipulations and psychology 
     
    Set against events of the time - the sexual revolution, the civil rights movement, race riots, space exploration, rock music -this is the story of Flower Power gone to seed.
    Show book
  • Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders - cover

    Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders

    Greg King

    • 4
    • 2
    • 0
    The first comprehensive biography of Sharon Tate: Hollywood star, wife of Roman Polanski, victim of Charles Manson, and symbol of the death of the 1960s. It began as a home invasion by the “Manson family” in the early hours of August 9, 1969. It ended in a killing spree that left seven people dead: actress Sharon Tate, writer Voyteck Frykowski, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, hair stylist Jay Sebring, student Steven Parent, and supermarket owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.   The shock waves of these crimes still reverberate today. They have also, over time, eclipsed the life of their most famous victim—a Dallas, Texas, beauty queen with Hollywood aspirations. After more than a dozen small film and television roles, Tate gained international fame with the screen adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, but The Fearless Vampire Killers marked a personal turning point, as she would marry its star and director, Roman Polanski. Tate now had a new dream: to raise a family—and she was only weeks away from giving birth the night Charles Manson’s followers murdered her.   Drawn from a wealth of rare material including detective reports, parole transcripts, Manson’s correspondence, and revealing new interviews with Tate’s friends and costars as well as surviving relatives of the murder victims, Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders gives readers a vital new perspective on one of the most notorious massacres of the twentieth century. The dark legacy of the cult phenomenon is still being explored in novels (Emma Cline’s The Girls) and TV shows (NBC’s Aquarius).   In addition to providing the first full-fledged biography of Sharon Tate, author Greg King finally gives a voice to the families of the slain, notably Tate’s mother, Doris. Her advocacy for victims’ rights was recognized during President George H. W. Bush’s 1992 “A Thousand Points of Light” ceremony. This is the true story of a star who is being rediscovered by a new generation of fans, a woman who achieved in death the fame she yearned for in life.  
    Show book
  • The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love - cover

    The Amazing Story of the Man Who...

    Per J Andersson

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Pradyumna Kumar, known as PK, was born into a poor, untouchable family in a small village in eastern India. All his life he has kept a palm leaf bearing an astrologer’s prophecy: “You will marry a girl who is not from the village, not from the district, not even from our country; she will be musical, own a jungle and be born under the sign of the ox.” But not until PK attends art school in New Delhi do his stars begin to align. One evening, while drawing portraits in a park, he meets a young Swedish woman, Lotta von Schendin — and this brief meeting will change the courses of their lives forever.This is the remarkable true story of how a young Indian man armed with nothing more than a handful of paintbrushes and a secondhand Raleigh bicycle made his way across Asia and Europe in search of the woman he loves.
    Show book
  • The Way Home - Tales from a Life Without Technology - cover

    The Way Home - Tales from a Life...

    Mark Boyle

    • 2
    • 6
    • 0
    Mark's Guardian column attracted tens of thousands of shares, reaching the 'most popular' list across the site - he has clearly hit a nerve.
    Nothing like it on the market at the moment - a powerful hybrid of literary nature memoir and tech-backlash. 
    A real practical answer to concerns about technology and climate change.
    Show book
  • From Normandy to Auschwitz - cover

    From Normandy to Auschwitz

    Paul le Goupil

    • 2
    • 4
    • 0
    The odds on Paul le Goupil living to see the end of the Second World War let alone the 21st Century were negligible in 1944. Yet he did.As his extraordinary memoir describes, as a young man he found himself caught up in the maelstrom of the Second World War, active resistance to, and defiance of, the German occupation came naturally to Paul but led to his capture, beating and interrogation by the Gestapo and solitary incarceration in first French prisons. Worse still was to come and after an appalling journey and various labor camps he ended up in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He experienced starvation, slave labor, unbelievable hardship—death for many was a relief.Paul survived but his suffering was not over as he and others had to endure a nightmare march before being liberated by the advancing Russians. All this and far more make this memoir an unforgettable, moving and inspiring account.
    Show book