Published in time to mark the seventieth anniversary of the death of John Maynard Keynes, this thematic biography revives our understanding of the twentieth century's most charismatic and revolutionary economist, a man whose ideas continue to influence global finance today.
John Maynard Keynes saved Britain from financial crisis twice over the course of two world wars and instructed Western industrialised states on how to protect themselves from revolutionary unrest, economic instability, high unemployment, and social dissolution. In the wake of the recent global financial crisis, economists worldwide have once again turned to his ideas to confront their problems.
In this entertaining and edifying new biography, Richard Davenport-Hines introduces the man behind the economics: a connoisseur, intellectual, economist, administrator, and statesman who was equally at ease socialising with the Bloomsbury Group as he was when influencing the policies of presidents.
By exploring the desires and experiences that made Keynes think as he did, or compelled him to innovate, Davenport-Hines reveals the aesthetic basis of Keynesian economics and explores why this Great Briton's ideas continue to instruct and encourage us seventy years after his death.
"Davenport-Hines is one of our finest writers of non-fiction, with a habit of landing on fascinating topics." (Frances Spalding, Daily Mail)
"Davenport-Hines is a wonderfully crisp and funny writer." (Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday)
"A gifted author at the very top of his form." (David Kynaston, History Today)
"Davenport-Hines is a perceptive social historian who intelligently integrates great lives and great loves with great events." (Ian Finlayson, The Times)
"An impressive work of scholarship and as absorbing as a first-rate novel." (Selina Hastings, Sunday Telegraph)
"The masterly Richard Davenport-Hines." (Hugo Vickers, Country Life)
"An astonishing book, of meticulous research, which allows us to know, in painful detail, the men and women of that [Titanic] voyage...Davenport-Hines finds a new and heart-breaking story to tell." (Julian Fellowes)
"Davenport-Hines has a good eye for riveting details...powerfully original...a considerable moral as well as historical achievement." (Anne Chisholm, Times Literary Supplement)
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A fascinating and successful double life