Straits Times Press Books :: Biography :: THE PRESIDENTS OF SINGAPORE: DEVAN NAIR



C.V. Devan Nair, the son of a rubber plantation clerk, rose from humble beginnings to become an outstanding union leader, a Member of Parliament, and eventually President of Singapore.

This book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, describes Nairís childhood and his years growing up in an anti-colonial household.

It also describes in detail how, during the tumultuous post-war years, Nair came to the attention of the British authorities, who were cracking down on anti-colonial activities, and ended up spending a total of about five years in detention.

It gives an excellent overview of the exciting early years of Nairís life in the 1950s and 60s as a teacher, a unionist and an MP, and highlights his dedication and contributions to the NTUC.

About the series
This is the first book in a series on the Presidents of Singapore, beginning with the first three Presidents:
ē The Presidents of Singapore: Yusof Ishak
ē The Presidents of Singapore: Benjamin Sheares
ē The Presidents of Singapore: Devan Nair

All three books come with facts about the Singapore Presidency, such as how the President is chosen and what his or her duties are.

The books will be of interest to all Singaporeans and are especially relevant in light of the Presidential Election, to be held in September.
With pages to scan for additional material
To make the books more interactive and exciting for young readers, Straits Times Press has for the first time teamed up with a Singapore headquartered company that runs an app called SnapLearn.

Users who download the free app on their mobile phones will be able to scan certain pages in the books to access additional material including videos. Each book comes with a page of simple instructions, and the pages to be scanned have an icon for easy recognition.

About the author
Edmund Lim is an educator and the author of Whereís Grandma, which won the Hedwig Anuar Childrenís Book Award in 2013.
Author Edmund Lim
ISBN 978-981-4747-52-3
Size 130mm X 196mm (portrait)
Extent 52pp, limp cover
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Illustrated or Black & White
Language English
Our price: US$9.00

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