Barr's intellect and more nuanced perspectives come through in this book, in which the content dives deep into Singapore’s history from a political, geographic, and economic view.
The biggest strength of Hard Choices is the diplomatically critical tone throughout the writing. The style is moderate and objective without being too inaccessible to the general reader with an interest in Singapore's politics and/or policies.
Change is imperative if Singaporeans are to be allowed to "lead their own lives" in order to achieve a higher "quality of life."
An online blurb describes this book as "a penetrating analysis of the policies and predilections of [this] controversial leader."
Readers and members of the public can decide for themselves whether Dr. Chee is a raving lunatic, misguided idealist, or a capable leader who is indeed Competent, Constructive, and Compassionate.
One would think that the text was describing the bullying that occurs in a children's playground, and not the behaviour of highly-ranked politicians in a court of law.
The contents of this well-researched book were so depraved and disturbing, that it took me several weeks to (1) finish reading the book in its entirety, and (2) gather my thoughts about it in order to write a cohesive review.