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Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes Paperback – 8 Oct 2015

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (8 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007519826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007519828
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Succinct, lively and well-written biography … Done with great panache, in a volume that will introduce Keynes and his strange world to a new generation of readers’ Evening Standard

‘An amusing, elegant and provocative writer … great fun. By focusing on Keynes as a private man and public figure rather than an academic economist, it is possible to see him as the last and greatest flowering of Edwardian Liberalism’ Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

‘Daringly but sensibly, this renowned biographer, Davenport-Hines, has studied Keynes from seven points of view – not one of them as an economist … a rewarding and fascinating book’ Daily Mail

‘A treat… We read endlessly about Keynes the economist. But he was so much more and this unputdownable book explores the man’ Independent

‘Treating Keynes’s lives as interesting and valuable for their own sake gives them extra vividness … With a keen eye for telling detail and social connections, Davenport-Hines brilliantly conveys what one might call the peripheral atmospherics of Keynes’s existence … Done with grace and insight’ Robert Skidelsky, Observer

‘This thoughtful biography does justice both to Keynes’s idiosyncrasies and to his influence … with wit and grace, as well as a good deal of scholarly digging … incisive and thoughtful … The book conveys its own vision of this wholly extraordinary and undeniably idiosyncratic figure with persuasive artistry and conviction’ Financial Times

‘[A] first-class book, which I cannot praise highly enough … This admirable book does Keynes justice’ Literary Review

‘Worthy of its brilliant subject, ‘Universal Man’ manages to expound Keynes’s ideas while shining with his own optimistic spirit. Lively, funny, original, and beautifully written’ A. N. Wilson

‘Davenport-Hines heroically styles [Keynes] in this affectionate and occasionally delicious general biography …refreshingly unsanctimonious’ TLS

‘A rich story, brilliantly told’, Paul Johnson, The Spectator, Books of the Year

About the Author

Richard Davenport-Hines won the Wolfson Prize for History for his first book, ‘Dudley Docker’. He is an adviser to the ‘Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’ and has also written biographies of W.H. Auden and Marcel Proust. His most recent book, ‘An English Affair’ was published in 2013. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Literature, he reviews for the ‘Guardian’, ‘Spectator’ and ‘Literary Review’.


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