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The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money [Paperback]

John Maynard Keynes
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18 July 2008
'...among the glories of modern publishing...edited with exemplary authority and lack of fuss...' - London Review of Books This definitive edition contains all Keynes's published writings, including less accessible articles and letters to the press, as well as previously unpublished speeches, government memoranda and minutes, drafts and economic correspondence. No other writer in this century has done more than Maynard Keynes to change the ways in which economics is taught written. No other economist has done more to change the ways in which nations conduct their economic and financial affairs. The Collected Writings are indispensable to all economists. They are a vital reference work for students, academics and professionals alike.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: www.bnpublishing.com (18 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9650060251
  • ISBN-13: 978-9650060251
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The General Theory is nothing less than an epic journey out of intellectual darkness. That, as much as its continuing relevance to economic policy, is what makes it a book for the ages. Read it, and marvel.' - From the introduction by Paul Krugman
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John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes (5 June 1883 - 21 April 1946) was a British economist whose ideas, called Keynesian economics, have had a major impact on modern economic and political theory as well as on many governments' fiscal policies. He advocated interventionist government policy, by which the government would use fiscal and monetary measures to mitigate the adverse effects of economic recessions, depressions and booms. Even Keynes' critics call him the greatest and most influential economist of the 20th century. For this reason, he is known as "the father of modern economics." Keynes' advice on ending the Great Depression was rejected. President Roosevelt tried countless other approaches, all of which failed. Then, in seven short years, under massive Keynesian spending, the U.S. went from the greatest depression it has ever known to the greatest economic boom it has ever known. The success of Keynesian economics was so resounding that almost all capitalist governments around the world adopted its policies. Time Magazine named Keynes one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, on his Keynesian Theory state.. "His radical idea that governments should spend money they don't have may have saved capitalism". He is one of the fathers of modern theoretical macroeconomics. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the BN Publishing Version 5 Feb 2013
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This seemed like a great book. But unfortunately it was nearly impossible to understand the few mathematical formulae as they were formatted terribly. Do BN Publishing not know what a subscript or a greek Sigma are? After a while I finally realised that the "S"s were probably meant to be capital Sigma - meaning SUM - rather than S and half these other letters probably subscripts. Really the maths in this version is impossible to understand - especially if you have a background in Maths.

Really they were nearly unintelligible for the most part. And the large format page sizes and low quality cover added to the disappointment. I regret being such a cheapskate - I should have paid a little more for a better quality print / formatted version.

Do NOT buy the BN Publishing Version!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A case study in not buying a cheap reprint 1 Nov 2012
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This is an absolutely awful reprint. Comparing this with the Macmillan edition, one can see that: the formulae are in many places completely misrepresented, unaccountably truncated, or plain nonsensical; and the text contains a number of punctuation errors (commas become full stops, for instance) and in some cases is excised for no reason, rendering the argument incomplete.

Avoid at all costs. Fork out for an older edition (such as Macmillan), as their reprint is currently unavailable. My hypothesis is that a previous edition was simply scanned using text-recognition software and then terribly under-edited. Why did BN Publishing bother in the first place?
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74 of 83 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An edition riddled with errors 11 Oct 2010
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This is a review not of what Keynes wrote but of the BN publishing reprint edition.

I appreciate that reprint publishers try to keep costs down but that is no excuse for cutting corners. Dover Publications sets the standard here and other publishers who can't perform to that standard are, sadly, becoming more common and ever more slapdash in their efforts.

Defects in this BN publishing edition include swathes of typographical errors, grammatical errors and malapropisms. Worse, and especially in the General Theory, where Keynes sought to minimise the use of mathematics in his exposition, what few formulae there are have obviously been typeset by someone who simply hasn't a clue what printed mathematics should look like. It leaves the impression of having re-typed from copy using an ordinary word processor by a none-too-literate typist.

If you want a better edition of the General Theory, you might do better to fork out a little more and get the edition in the Great Minds series. IMO this BN edition is fit only to be shredded and used for horse bedding - and even then with a profuse apology to the unfortunate creature who will be expected to repose upon it.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only THE economics text... 22 Jun 2007
By MarkE
This book provided the foundation for most economic policy (in the west at least) through the middle of the 20th century, and as such must be considered among the most important books ever published. It will show the reader why certain decisions were taken, and how we got to where we are. Even if you don't agree with Keynes' theories this is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to understand government economic policy.

Beyond his importance as an economist however, Keynes was a member of the Bloomsbury group of artists and Bohemians, and that is reflected in his writing. This is no novel, but there are few better written economic texts.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I was disappointed in the "BN publishing" edition (the one with a picture of a handshake on the front cover). It is not a direct reprint of the original 1936 (Macmillan) edition. The page numbers have been changed, the index has disappeared completely, the mathematical formulas are wrongly set up, and the table on page 69 (of this edition) has a nasty page break in the middle.

It is to be hoped that the rival Palgrave edition (which I have not seen) shows more respect to Keynes' masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Essential book, worst edition 17 Jan 2013
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As you have already read in diffrents reviews, the edition of this book is very disappointing, I read it in a different one and I enjoyed it very much. Look for any other option, but READ this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We are all Keynesians now" 20 Mar 2011
By demola
"We are all Keynesians now". Too true. The best thing about K was not being a socialist (he was not much to the chagrin and misrepresentation of the American right) but that he demonstrated it was possible to have an economist and a heart share the same body. He was a thinking man, prepared to alter his stance "when the facts change". In this book K traces his journey from the "right" path to the "dark" side. The book's core message is that a modern economy is built on demand and if that collapses, depression ensues except the government intervenes. K agrees with the classical school that the economy would adjust in time. His disagreement is the time frame. In the long-run the economy will adjust but as K famously said "in the long run we are all dead".

I read a blog somewhere that the long-run is a technical term and could be very rapid and surely K knew that. Uh-huh. I lived in an underdeveloped country where demand collapsed and the adjustment went on for two decades. In the 1930s US depression only WWII and the subsequent reconstruction a decade plus later brought final adjustment. Here in Europe we know social unrest is not restricted to the Middle East and North Africa. When demand collapses you bet we'll all be Keynesians.

As to criticisms that the book is difficult to read, remember it was written for economists trained in classical dogma.
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