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Keynes was wrong

Twenty years in the making, Robert Skidelsky's brilliant biography of Keynes has run out of steam in the final volume

By David Marquand   March 2001

Like a gothic cathedral completed over long generations, Robert Skidelsky’s Keynes is a mighty edifice, dominating the surrounding landscape. But times have changed since the plans were drawn up, and the architect has changed as well. When he started 20 years ago, Skidelsky was a mischievous young radical, whose greatest delight was to twist the establishment’s tail. Now he is a middle-aged Tory peer hurrumphing at the follies of the centre-left. Inevitably, the hardening of his political arteries has affected his approach to his subject. The trajectory followed by his Keynes-from daring intellectual saboteur to sedate and moderate conservative-is too…

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