The Price of Peace
A review of

The Price of Peace

Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes


A Towering Figure

by David Meyer

HuffPost reporter Zachary D. Carter’s biography of that titan of economics, John Maynard Keynes, eschews the theoretical to recount a human journey of intense emotion and moral combat. Keynes emerges as a fascinating, contradictory figure.

HuffPost senior reporter Zachary D. Carter’s rigorous reporting and compassionate insights led The Wall Street Journal to call this work “a timely, lucid and compelling portrait of a man whose enduring relevance is always heightened when crisis strikes.” The New York Times described it as an “outstanding new intellectual biography of John Maynard Keynes that moves swiftly along currents of lucidity and wit.” Both reviewers specifically praise Carter’s clarity, because he makes complex economic theory and policy accessible to readers who know little of economics but rightfully find Keynes fascinating.

Those drawn to Keynes’s thinking might also peruse The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Dalton or The Essential Keynes, edited by Robert Skidelsky. Neither links Keynes’s life, work and philosophy together as Carter does, but each sheds light on the great economist’s most influential ideas.


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