Essay: Ideas and the world

This week sees the publication of the third and final volume of Robert Skidelsky’s biography of John Maynard Keynes, one of the greatest and most influential thinkers that Britain has ever produced. We asked Lord Skidelsky to tell us about his biographical adventure and, now that the labour is done, to say what he thinks of the man.

THE two most persistent questions I have been asked about Keynes are: Do you like him? And what, if anything, has he to offer the world today? In explaining how I approached the writing of the biography, and in describing what I learned as the work proceeded, I will try to answer both.

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