About the book:
A very comprehensive account of Singapore, from Raffles to Independence. Contains numerous black-and-white and colour plates with maps, plans and photographs. The book itself, while claiming not to be written by historians, is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Singapore’s history. Citing many primary sources such as letters, documents and early news reports, the authors discuss various domestic and international issues in great detail. Written during uncertain times, as Singapore had just gained independence, the authors – British with a strong sense of belonging towards Singapore – mirror the national sentiment at the time – a sentiment of great hope, yet great uncertainty as to Singapore’s ability to stand alone.
About Donald Moore:
Donald Moore was a journalist, publisher and bookseller who made Singapore his home and contributed much to the development of the arts in Singapore. Their activities included the promotion of concerts, drama and fine art in Singapore, as well as helping to establish the handicraft industry in Singapore, which produced, among other things, silk and other Southeast Asian textiles. He was responsible for bringing international acts to Singapore, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Muhammad Ali, and started the Singapore Arts Theatre. He started the Donald Moore Art Gallery in Liat Towers, which sold artefacts.