- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (6 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393001903
- ISBN-13: 978-0393001907
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,780,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Essays in Persuasion Paperback – 6 Jan 2009
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John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) was one of the greatest economic theorists of the twentieth century. He was chairman of the liberal journal of opinion The Nation and economics advisor for more than thirty years to British governments. He wrote several books, including his masterpiece, The General Theory of Employment, Essays in Persuasion, Interest and Money, the two-volume Treatise on Money, and A Tract on Monetary Reform.
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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. He was also human: one senses the anxiety rising as he recommended a tariff in 1931, or the misplaced relief at Britain's abandonment of the gold standard (a devaluation, with a similar effects to tariffs). And his modern relevance does not need underlining, with boom and bust and urgent monetary issues back to the fore.
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.
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