Robert Skidelsk's third and final volume of John Maynard Keynes, is beatifully written. Concentrating on all the major aspects of Keynes' last years, including his tract on 'How to pay for the war and the Kingsly Wood Budget, the protracted Lend-lease negotiations, Bretton Woods, and finally the American Loan talks, Skidelski manages to cover all the major events of his subject's final nine years. There are sadly,only passing references to his old Bloomsbury friends,so obviously a feature of the first and second volumes. However this gap is more than made up by the author's inclusion of Keynes' personal dealings with diverse institutions such as Covent Garden, The Arts Council, and Cambridge University. His final chapter on Keynes' wife Lydia is exceptionally touching. I think the most indellible feature of this volume is the admiration that Keynes' contemporaries had for him. The awe and respect, almost to the point of reverence, that the Americans held for him was amazing. Even the British civil servants in the Treasury were spellbound. If there is one criticism for this book, it is in regard to the actual economics described. As an amateur historian i found the economic arguments very difficult to comprehend. Maybe there is no easy way to put down some of the theories, but for the normal reader they are very difficult to take in. My rating for this book is 4 stars, whilst for the three volumes together, undoubtedly 5 stars.