Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes - Richard Davenport-HinesLondon: William Collins, 2015, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: “John Maynard Keynes is the economist who helped to save Britain from financial ruin not once but twice during his lifetime. And for thirty-five years after his death — a period often referred to as the ‘Keynesian era’ — his ideas dominated the economic policies of Western governments. But who was the man behind the economics?
In this dazzlingly original biography, Richard Davenport-Hines goes in search of the real Keynes by writing about the ‘climate’ of his life. In seven colourful sketches — Altruist, Boy Prodigy, Official, Public Man, Lover, Connoisseur and Envoy — Keynes is revealed as the supreme example of the scholar as a man of action. We discover the passions that drove somebody who moved with equal ease and confidence in the corridors of power in Whitehall and Washington, among the bankers of Threadneedle Street, at high table in Cambridge, and when socialising with fellow members of the Bloomsbury Group.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of two world wars and the inter-war years, the result is an utterly compelling portrait of one of the titanic intellectual figures of the twentieth century, whose profound influence lives on today.”