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John Maynard KeynesUser Review - Book Verdict
Lord Skidelsky (political economy, Warwick Univ.) has received critical acclaim for this three-volume biography of Keynes, published first in Britain, where last year this final installment was named Book of the Year by the Economist. Here, he provides a scholarly, highly detailed, well-written, and provocative tome on the later years of Keynes's life (he died in 1946). During this period, Keynes created an economy that enabled Britain to pay for the war and worked with his allied covictors to create a postwar economy that outlived him. His theories, persuasiveness, and knowledge were significant not only in providing a mechanism for financing the war effort but in enhancing his position and influence as an economist. Controversies and anti-Keynesian forces were also in the forefront, prompting much debate over his role in economic theory and practice. Skidelsky documents much of this controversy, as well as his subject's personal life, including his marriage to ballerina Lydia Lopokova. The extensive bibliography is useful for further research. Large public and many academic libraries will certainly want to consider this worthy addition for their political economy collections, even if they already have earlier Keynes biographies by Donald Moggridge (Keynes, Routledge, 1992) and Mark Blaug (John Maynard Keynes: Life, Ideas, Legay, Bodart, 1991). Steven J. Mayover, Philadelphia ...