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A hugely topical book in the current 'credit crunch' climate, about the man who revolutionised economic policy at the end of the Depression with his 'New Deal' What Keynes suggested in the 1920s is what Barack Obama and Gordon Brown are suggesting now - investing in public works and things of true value
Peter Clarke was formerly Professor of Modern British 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 widely admired final volume of the Penguin History of Britain, Hope and Glory, Britain 1900-2000. He lives with his wife, the Canadian writer Maria Tippett, in Suffolk, England, and Pender Island, British Columbia.
'A wonderfully lucid exposition of complicated ideas ... required reading' Roy Hattersley, Guardian 'Clarke's prose sparkles, and his book is the place to begin if you want to understand the economist's personality and charisma' New York Times 'Makes the case for Keynes's continued relevance by combining an absorbing narrative of his life with perceptive comments on how that life shaped his views' Economist 'Valuable for reminding us of Keynes's towering contribution as a political economist, the breadth of his interests and the subtlety of his thought' New Statesman