Singapore: Straits Times Press, 2015
Be At The Table or Be On The Menu picks up where Prof Jayakumar's book Diplomacy left off. It gives the broad range of his experience as an academic and Dean in the Law Faculty, as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and as a Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Senior Minister in the Singapore Cabinet, serving alongside Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Chok Tong and Lee Hsien Loong.
The book also offers rare glimpses of the child and the student that perhaps hinted at his future roles. This part of the book will surprise even those who think they knew him well.
The book's subtitle "A Singapore Memoir" is apt, because Prof Jayakumar's story is very much the story of Singapore's challenges since the early years of independence. Typically, Prof Jayakumar does not simply tell a story; his intention is to show why he and indeed all of us have a part to play in keeping the Singapore Story going.