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Catchy narrative history of modern economics
on 12 March 2014
This book has lots to recommend itself to the general reader with an interest in modern history, politics and economics. The author does a wonderful job of explaining how the Keynes and Hayeks views on how an economy works/should work differed and gives a brief summary of their earlier lives that suggests how, to some extent these views were conditioned by their experience of things like war and economic depression earlier in their lives. I found it really informative of how (in Europe and the USA anyway) the political left and right have been divided, post-WWII along Keynesian and Hayekian economic lines.
There's also a lovely treatment of their clashes in economic and academic publications - it's really well written so that you get a sense of the passion and emotion behind their letters and publications even though they're couched in very academic and measured terms. Can't recommend this book highly enough.