Issue 123 | Oct-Dec 2020

Lives & Times Of HRH

By Herman Ronald Hochstadt

“The strain, PM … too much!” I replied. “What strain?” he immediately demanded, “If anyone around here has strain, it’s me! But we have to carry on, not just give up like that. It’s for our very survival … and that of Singapore!”

lives & times of hrh is the memoir of Mr Herman Ronald Hochstadt, better known as hrh. It is a witty, personal account of his life with a focus on his long public service career, when he worked alongside pioneer leaders like Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Dr Goh Keng Swee and others. hrh had an unusual ability to inspire those working for him, and his signature wit and charm are on display here, in the ways he weaves together stories of his career and some of the key moments in Singapore’s development. 

All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards the Hochstadt NUS Bursary Endowment Fund, which provides financial assistance to deserving undergraduate students at the National University of Singapore.

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