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Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes

Sunday 22 March 2015

1 Hour


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Acclaimed biographer Richard Davenport-Hines explains what motivated John Maynard Keynes, the man credited as saving Britain from financial crisis twice over the course of two world wars and whose views on economics still resonate today. Davenport-Hines looks at the man behind the economics – a connoisseur, intellectual, public official and statesman who was equally at home with the Bloomsbury Group as he was with prime ministers. It explains why Keynes thought as he did and why his ideas still carry weight today.

Davenport-Hines won the Wolfson Prize for his first book Dudley Docker. He has written biographies of W H Auden and Marcel Proust and is also author of An English Affair: Sex Class and Power in the Age of Profumo.