Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Essays in Persuasion [Paperback]

John Maynard Keynes
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Paperback £6.19  
Paperback, 6 Jan 2009 --  
Unknown Binding --  
Amazon.co.uk Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Amazon.co.uk Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.

Book Description

6 Jan 2009
Most of the essays in this book were first collected together in October 1931, immediately after Britain had left the gold standard. They reflected Keynes's attempts over the previous dozen years to influence public opinion and policy over the Treaty of Versailles, over which he had resigned from the Treasury in June 1919, reparations and inter-allied war debts, stabilisation policy, the gold standard and the shape of liberal politics in Britain. In 1972 the essays were reprinted but with the full texts of the pamphlets he had included — Can Lloyd George Do it?, The Economic Consequences of Mr. Churchill, A Short View of Russia, and The End of Laissez Faire. At that time, the full texts of his of his two post-1931 pamphlets — The Means to Prosperity and How to Pay for the War — were added. As a result the book contains examples of Keynes's finest writing on economic policy and politics.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (6 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393001903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393001907
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Book Description

This new edition of Keynes' classic text includes an Introduction by Donald Moggridge --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author


DONALD MOGGRIDGE is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto. He was educated at Toronto and Cambridge. He was an editor of the Royal Economic Society's edition of The Collected Writings of John Maynard Keynes and has written extensively on Keynes and the history of economic policy in the inter-war period. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
THE power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash course in economics 18 Sep 2009
By reader 451 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Essays in Persuasion are a collection of articles and public letters published by Keynes in the 1920s and 30s. They treat mostly of economic subjects, beginning with the Versailles reparations and moving on to monetary manners, especially the return to gold, though the last fifth of the book is dedicated to political discussion (Keynes's view of Communism, the Liberal Party, hopes for a new culture in a future world of abundance...). They are a pleasure to read, spelled out with elegance and common sense and filled with humorous quips and witticisms.

This compendium is for anyone who doesn't have the skills or patience to read Keynes's General Theory. It lays out the essentials of Keynesian economic thinking, in particular on inflation and unemployment, while in passing making clear a number of economic terms and issues - for example how the gold standard worked and why, and the difference with the gold `exchange' standard, something that had completely escaped me. The Essays do require a minimal understanding of economic factors (interest and exchange rates, state and trade budgets, and how they relate), but they are not technical in style and are told in plain words; Keynes's public, after all, was the average newsreader or politician. A basic historical baggage also helps: why reparations were a difficult issue, the American loans, deflation and the incipient depression; here a good introduction is perhaps lacking. Nevertheless, this is accessible to all with this minimum culture, and it is both excellent economic education and mental exercise.

Finally, Keynes was a humanist, as the Essays show. He was the antithesis of the dry and unfeeling economist, and this makes for a refreshing and uplifting work.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More successful in prophecy than persuasion? 27 May 2009
By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In the introduction, Keynes humorously describes these writings as "croakings of a Cassandra more successful in prophesy than persuasion." And it is astonishing how right, with hindsight, he often was.

The books consists in the main of articles published in magazines and periodicals. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money may be more famous. It is more easily available. Yet it is not nearly as readable as this.

There are essays on the Treaty of Versailles additional to his famous Economic Consequences of Peace, The. There are his writings on the gold standard and why it needed to be abandoned. All these are of interest to those of us interested in economic history. Yet the general reader will probably enjoy most the essays at the end of the books on politics, Russia under the communists, the End of Laissez-Faire and one where he looks into the long term economic future. These latter are as timeless as it is possible for economic writings to be.

All of these, whether one agrees or not, provide fascinating insights into the issues. Here perhaps lies the greatest pleasure in reading this book. Keynes was one of the great minds of the twentieth century. Here one can encounters it at its most acute. Keynes has a reputation among economists for the beauty and elegance of his writing. In this book he lives up to it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite mandarin prose and clear argument 30 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
John Maynard Keynes at his most beguiling. A series of essays that have not lost their power despite the passage of 70 years or so. As a prose stylist Maynard Keynes could equal his friends Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster, and he does so in this volume. Perhaps the apogee of essay writing of the Oxford/Cambridge type, this volume has a charm that is absent from his longer works (General Theory, Tract on Monetary Reform, even the Economic Consequences of the Peace). For those people interested in hard edged macro theory, read elsewhere. For admirers of logic and clarity and the British tradition of enlightened common sense, Eureka! You have found it in this book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supping At The Table Of A Master 30 Oct 2011
By demola
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Arguably, Keynes is the most consequential economist in the history of the profession and how he thought and argued is a lesson in logic. This is a collection of essays that Keynes wrote for various publications. They dealt with issues of the day and you may well think none of it can be relevant today. I mean, people don't read Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice today, do they? If that's your thinking you can skip this book. But if somewhere in your heart is the desire to rise above the oatmeal that passes for financial commentary in today's newspapers and the drivel in the readers' commentaries section, then you need to sup at the table of a master and see how it's done. This should be on your reading list.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nectar and Ambrosia for the Liberal Economist 14 Dec 2003
By Andrei Scudder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To the interested layperson John Mayanrd Keynes is known as a villain/genius responsible for the theory of governmental deficit spending in a time of economic crises. This book in a concise and understandable manner, without recourse to ponderous mathematical formulas, makes a very convincing case for the necessity of governmental intervention.
When people are unwilling to spend and are hoarding cash, it is up to government to inject money into the system by means of expansionary monetary policy, either it is public works in the most dramatic case or reduced interest rates, intended to stimulate investment in a more commonplace scenario.
Fiscal prudence or austerity will not lift the economy out of the slump, for a very simple reason; if everyone is saving and no one is buying, then no one is able to sell and economy is pushed further into a recession.
Villilfied by countless conservatives as an endorsement of governmental intervention and subsequent domination of the people, the ideas proposed in the book are accepted by such respected institutions as the Federal Reserve and merit attention of a person, who would like to claim general economic awareness.
Apart from the the discussion on public spending, there are highly informative essays on German hyperinflation of the 1920s, ruminations on Gold standard and much more; all presented with great clarity and humor, that few if any economists have mangaged to imitate.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Content; Dismal Edition 13 Aug 2009
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The publishers of this edition should be ashamed of themselves. The quality of this edition of Keynes' Essays In Persuasion is poor to say the least.
There are numerous typos.
The text is not justified properly; some words hang off lines, and there are irregular and gigantic spaces between words.
The table of contents is missing numbers.
There is no introduction to the author or the material.
The page numbers are inversed.
This is a low-quality, junior-high school effort edition, unworthy of the material it professes to have "beautifully produced." This edition is poorly edited.

Reading Essays In Persuasion is certainly worthy of your time, but this edition is not worthy of your money.
39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite mandarin prose and clear argument 30 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
John Maynard Keynes at his most beguiling. A series of essays that have not lost their power despite the passage of 70 years or so. As a prose stylist Maynard Keynes could equal his friends Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster, and he does so in this volume. Perhaps the apogee of essay writing of the Oxford/Cambridge type, this volume has a charm that is absent from his longer works (General Theory, Tract on Monetary Reform, even the Economic Consequences of the Peace). For those people interested in hard edged macro theory, read elsewhere. For admirers of logic and clarity and the British tradition of enlightened common sense, Eureka! You have found it in this book.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When conservatives could still face socialism eye-to-eye. 12 Jan 2001
By C. E. R. Mendonça - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Writing during the nineteen twenties and thirties, when the specter of socialism didn't yet haunt the Anglo-Saxon ruling elites, Keynes didn't feel his duty to sing eulogies to the free market; on the contrary, he felt his duty as an economist to propose ways through which modern society could supersede the "centrality of the money motive". The essays devoted to problems of politics in this collection, specially "A short view of Russia", "Economic perspectives for our grandchildren" and "Am I a Liberal?" are among the best things written from the liberal-conservative viewpoint on the ideological choices of our age. A must-read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor edition 5 Dec 2010
By Peter J. Gurney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A very poor edition of some of Keynes' most important essays. No introduction, atrocious layout and glaring omissions. Almost a complete waste of money.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xb2ec96a8)

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback