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John Maynard Keynes: 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman Paperback – August 30, 2005

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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143036157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143036159
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Skidelsky] places [Keynes] where he belongs, at the heart of twentieth-century British history." —The Times Literary Supplement



"The definitive study of the most important economist of his time." —Foreign Affairs

About the Author

Robert Skidelsky is professor of political economy at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. In addition to his works on Keynes, he is the author of The World After Communism, Politicians and the Slump, and Oswald Mosley.

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The attention to detail was awesome.
gregory govedaris
Mr. Skidelsky presents an excellent overview of the life of one of the most influential thinkers in economics.
Patrick Wunderlich
Keynes certainly lived in interesting times with the result that this book is just as interesting.
Ganesh V Jois

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ganesh V Jois on May 31, 2006
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Anyone who has taken a course in macroeconomics knows who Keynes is. Economics is full of camps, conflicting doctrines, feuds, rivalries, etc. Keynes was unique in that, unlike other economists who are indoctrinated or are in love with a theory, he was never scared of giving up an idea that did not work. If one was to read his "Tract on Monetary Reform" one might be fooled into thinking that it was Milton Friedman that was writing and not the J.M Keynes who revolutionized economic thought with his General Theory. This pragmatism is what sets Keynes apart from every other economist. But why Keynes was so different from others is something students never learn. This biography does an admirable job of tracing Keynes' upbringing, his education, career, and contributions in the light of circumstances that Keynes lived through and shaped his ideas. It is also full of nuggets about Keynes' idiosyncracies which humanizes the biography and shows the real person behind the aura. The book is long, but 63 years of action-packed life requires such detail. The Chinese say, May we live in interesting times. Keynes certainly lived in interesting times with the result that this book is just as interesting.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on May 16, 2008
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This tome (including more than 100 pages of notes and indices) is an abridgment of author Robert Skidelsky's original three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes. It is in all respects an extraordinary work. The author offers a portrait of Keynes not only as an economist but also as a philosopher and a statesman. He does not segregate these three dimensions, but rather shows how they interpenetrate and inform each other. He sets Keynes in the context of his time and circumstances. Skidelsky is unsparing in his treatment of the inconsistencies and contradictions in Keynes' life and character, but he is fair and balanced; he avoids sensationalism even in the treatment of the sensational. getAbstract finds that this book merits multiple readings and should intrigue not only economists but also anyone interested in the ideas and events of the 20th century.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bahama Joe on July 3, 2011
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I was an eco major in college so many years ago and wished to reacquaint myself with Keynes in light of the recent upheavals in the market. I found the Skidelski abridged book very informative in describing the development of Keynes thinking and very balanced about reporting his personal foibles without being judgemental. Skidelski's 3 volumes on Keynes are the deffinitive work on perhaps the most influential economist of the 20th century. The abridged version is complete , very well written and an easy read if you have had at least an undergrad college level eco 101 background. If you are interested in the economic history of the WWI, depression and WWII periods then this very complete bio of Keynes is also very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By seasonedwood on February 16, 2014
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so much has being said about Keynes but here you get an in depth study about this fascinating intellectual, great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gregory govedaris on October 16, 2013
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Best book ever written on Mr. Keynes. The attention to detail was awesome. The explanation of complex economic theories in historical context was exemplary. The highest encomiums for the author. I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kirk VINE VOICE on January 2, 2013
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I have read a lot of books about Keynes and this one is absolutely one of the best. I love the two pronged approach of not only telling us about Keynes' amazing and unusual personal life but also a great and very useful summary of Keynes' writings. That is where I got a lot of value from this book, having this talented author describe the somethings difficult books that Keynes wrote. This book, which is the intellectual combination of three, has inspired me to read the three separate books so I can increase my understanding of this incredibly important person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Wunderlich on November 23, 2011
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The name Keynes or Keynesian economics is mentioned almost every day in financial and political publications. However, very few of the commentators actually talk about who Dr. Keynes was or how his thinking about economics developed and changed over time. Seldom is he given credit for developing the school of economics know and macroeconomist. Instead, his name is usually mentioned with government spending and huge deficits to finance public works projects.

However, Keynes and his economics philosophies are about much more than what is talked about today. In fact, Keynes did believe in running budget deficits during recessions. However, he also believed that during boom times, governments should run surpluses to pay down the public debt--a point that is often overlooked by today's commentators.

Mr. Skidelsky presents an excellent overview of the life of one of the most influential thinkers in economics. I especially enjoyed the chapters that dealt with Dr. Keynes during the Second World War and how he helped that British manage the finances for the war.

Overall, the book is very good and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in economics or finance.
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