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The abridged edition,
This review is from: John Maynard Keynes 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman (Paperback)The book is a very enjoyable, and deatiled account of Maynard Keynes' life. At times touching, exciting, or fascinating, it maintains a light touch even when wading through the economic or political ideas that involved 'the master' in his remarkable life.
There are good pieces of personal information collated by Skidelsky when researching the book, and has been updated in light of modern research. Nevertheless, I am left feeling that perhaps I should have started the three-volume edition, so well written is it, but having already read a 1000 page book, would I want to re-read all that material?
I would recommend to prospective readers to try the three volume one, unless they are sure that they will be unable to finish it, as I am sure there will be much of interest in the full version. At times one can tell this is an abridgement, but that does not detract to any large degree from the excellent prose.
The book itself deal with all aspects of Keynes life: personal, political, academic; though the emphasis changes as the relative importance of these in his life change. Most of the book is narrative, although at times the author intersects it with some poignant analysis or reflection, and this works well.
Finally, this great book is very easy to read and has very uselful indexing and mini-biographies of the characters involved.