Lee Kuan Yew, “Harry” to fellow students at Cambridge University, died last week at the age of 91. Lee dominated Singapore, the city-state that he ushered into independence and ran with ruthless efficiency, but his influence was felt far beyond its borders.

His keen intellect and vision prompted former U.S. President Richard Nixon to speculate that if Lee had lived in another era and place, he might have “attained the world stature of a Churchill, a Disraeli or a Gladstone.”

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