John Maynard Keynes: 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman (英語) ペーパーバック – 要約, 2005/9/1
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THE DEFINITIVE SINGLE-VOLUME BIOGRAPHY Robert Skidelsky's three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes has been acclaimed as the authoritative account of the great economist-statesman's life. Here, Skidelsky has revised and abridged his magnum opus into one definitive book, which examines in its entirety the intellectual and ideological journey that led an extraordinarily gifted young man to concern himself with the practical problems of an age overshadowed by war. John Maynard Keynes offers a sympathetic account of the life of a passionate visionary and an invaluable insight into the economic philosophy that still remains at the centre of political and economic thought. ROBERT SKIDELSKY is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. ('This three-volume life of the British economist should be given a Nobel Prize for History if there was such a thing' - Norman Stone.) He was made a life peer in 1991, and a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. 'A masterpiece of biographical and historical analysis' - New York Times
"[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商品の説明をすべて表示する
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.
place in the political and economic leadership of the post-world war period. Far too many think
Winston Chuchill was the sole intellectual leader of all Britain in that period. Let's re-promote the
life and thinking of John Maynard Keynes by Robert Skidelsky in 2016. America needs this wise
man's thinking. The sooner the better in my opinion.
As to economic theory, I didn't learn much. Not at all because I was already up on Keynes and demand management and such. No, Skidelsky is not a professional economist- he does not spend his days at the university commons or the IMF cafeteria, chewing over the fundamental ideas of economic theory. So it just hasn't sunk into his bones so deeply that he can easily state the basics in clear, complete and simple terms. Of course, this may chalk up to my shortcomings as a reader, but I was motivated and re-read carefully, and quite frankly the mumbo jumbo didn't always add up.
Also, Skidelsky does spend much time thinking about Keyne's sexuality. Maybe that is a wise professional choice in that it would have required a lot of ethereal philosophising. Still, during his youth, Keynes was a committed and in many ways open homosexual. Next thing you know he marries a woman and lives happily with her for the next 20 plus years. It points up some fascinating questions about the range of human sexuality and its biological and social determinants. Skidelsky doesn't really ask them. Too bad. I mean, I ive in 2016 America when so many people easily accept the humanity of gay people, and so many others are uncomfortable with homosexuality, and so much is in flux. It would have been pretty timely but Skidelsky stays on the surface.