This book is partly a companion volume to To Catch a Tartar: A Dissident in Lee Kuan Yew's Prison. The compilation of views and experiences of the writer, who was once Solicitor General of Sinagpore, makes for interesting reading as few Sinagporeans criical of the Singapore Government have written about the real state of affairs in the country.
Within the pages of this book are speeches, quotations and numerous exhortations attributed to Lee Kuan Yew which disprove his claim to subscribe to Confucian ways, mores and beliefs. Seow's meticulous research unearths and reminds readers of what Lee said in his loquacious past in various fora - from election rallies to Hansard records - that show up the irony of Lee as a person and politician.
Singapore's success since independence is indubitable and has often been attributed to the great leadership and foresight of Lee Kuan Yew. These are lesser known aspects of his regime which will indeed leave Confucious confounded.