Keynes: The Twentieth Century's Most Influential Economist Hardcover – 7 Sep 2009
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`Peter Clarke's biography could not be more timely or stimulating ... We almost feel Keynes's mind tick ... Superb. *****' --Sunday Express
About the Author
Peter Clarke was formerly Professor of Modern British history and Master of Trinity Hall at Cambridge. His many books include The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire, The Keynesian Revolution in the Making, 1924-1936, and the widely admired final volume of the Penguin History of Britain, Hope and Glory, Britain 1900-2000. He lives with his wife, the Canadian writer Maria Tippett, in Suffolk, England, and Pender Island, British Columbia.
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Peter Clarke is a historian. The main text is 180 pages. It's split into 2 main parts: Keynes's life, and his economic policy and thought. Though I've said Clarke is a historian, the book seemed to perk up when changing from the life to the economics.
Keynes was a wonderful writer, and I was continually dismayed that Mr Clarke fails to reach a similar standard. Basically, I recommend that, if you want to know what Keynes said about recession and how to get out of it, then read Keynes's "Essays in Persuasion". If you want to know Keynes's mature (later) thought, read his "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money". If you'd like more feel for aspects of Keynes's life and achievement, read Milo Keynes's "Essays on John Maynard Keynes".
For me the really interesting question now is "to what extent is Keynes outdated when we're confronted by a financial tsunami as in 2008"? Let me say immediately that Keynes was a tremendously impressive thinker. But Mr Clarke doesn't have much to say about the relationship between Keynes and the present maelstrom. The book doesn't mention derivatives, it doesn't discuss financial architecture (unless fleeting references to bancor qualify), it rarely refers to the theoretical problems of openness as opposed to closed economies. There is no mention of global trade imbalances. There is no mention of China and India.Read more ›