Friday, June 11, 2010

Thinking Keynesian?

For those of you interested in economists and the history of economic thought, there is an excellent review by Jonathan Kirshner in the Boston Review of three books about John Maynard Keynes.

The books are The Keynes Solution: The Path to Global Economic Prosperity by Paul Davidson; Keynes: The Rise, Fall and Return of the 20th Century's Most Influential Economist by Peter Clarke; and Keynes: The Return of the Master by Robert Skidelsky.

There are some significant misperceptions about Keynes. But these books could help put many of them to rest. Kirshner’s review provides an invitation to examine the life of this great economist that is hard to resist. And, while it is clear that Kirshner has preferences among these three works, he finds something of value in each. I know I will have to add these to my pile "to be read".

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