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Keynes: The Rise, Fall, and Return of the 20th Century's Most Influential Economist Hardcover – October 27, 2009

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Praise for The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: 'Clarke has created a brilliant popular history ... he tells [the story] with such wit, verve and scholarly insight that one seems to encounter a brave new world' Piers Brendon, Sunday Telegraph 'There are few historians writing today who are more elegant and lucid than Clarke ... a triumph of stylish, thought-provoking history' Richard Aldous, Irish Times 'As this book majestically demonstrates, the empire tortuously, deceptively and often misleadingly progresses towards extinction' Jan Morris, Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peter Clarke was formerly a professor of modern 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 acclaimed final volume of the Penguin History of Britain, Hope and Glory, Britain 1900–2000. He lives in Suffolk, England, and Pender Island, British Columbia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; First Edition edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608190234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608190232
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jay C. Smith on December 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The recent financial near meltdown has rehabilitated the reputation of John Maynard Keynes, says Peter Clarke. Keynes was the man, after all, who long ago said that, "When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill done," a judgment that surely seemed prescient by October 2008.

The crisis produced a fiscal stimulus -- the one I am thinking of is the rush of a few publishers to quickly issue new books about Keynes. I read Clarke's because the publisher provided me a free examination copy through a LibraryThing lottery. It is less than 200 pages in the body and is definitely a good selection for readers that wish to catch-up on Keynes but do not have either the time or the stamina for Robert Skidelsky's full three-volume biography (published between 1994 and 2001). Another possible new-issue choice, which I did not read, is Skidelsky's own single-volume Keynes: The Return of the Master.

Clarke is a former Professor of Modern British History at Cambridge who has written two previous books about the Keynesian revolution in economics. In this new volume he covers many essentials, including an overview of Keynes' shifting reputation from 1920 to the present, biographical highlights, Keynes' economic policy ideas, and core elements of his economic theory. In an epilogue he considers how Keynes' insights have been put into practice (or not) in both Britain and America and how we can still benefit from his thinking.

Keynes once remarked that an effective economist must also be a "mathematician, historian, statesman, [and] philosopher" and "must understand symbols and speak in words." He describes himself.
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This is a fairly short biography of Keynes, his times, and the people involved in that period. It is exceptionally well written and covers most of the key characters and events. It is a good introduction to Keynes as the man, and somewhat Keynes as the thinker. It is not strong, in any manner, on his theories or those theories which led up to his thinking. It is also not the definitive biography as is the three volume work by Skidelsky, nor is it akin to Skidelsky's latest book on Keynes and his theories. Yet is is quite readable and informative as to the times and people and is a delightful read for those new to Keynes or to those who have followed his efforts for a while. What the book does do is bring to life many of the environmental and personal forces which moved Keynes in his thinking.
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For those customers who complained of errors in the Kindle conversion: these were brought to the attention of the publisher and have now been corrected. My copy of the book is fine (and by the way it's a very good read).
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I've barely started the book, so this is not a review of the book but a comment on the Kindle conversion. This has an annoying flaw in that all the ligatures of 'fi' and 'fl' are missing, so words like 'official' become 'ofcial'. There are some other conversion errors too, but this is the one that's annoying me the most so far. So beware of this before you buy this book on the Kindle.
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