RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 317928618 LA English T1 Keynes : the rise, fall, and return of the 20th century's most influential economist A1 Clarke, P. F., PB Bloomsbury Press PP New York YR 2009 SN 9781608190232 1608190234 AB The ideas of John Maynard Keynes inspired the New Deal and helped rebuild world economies after World War II--and were later dismissed as "depression economics." Then came the great meltdown of 2008. Market forces that the world relied on suddenly failed to self-correct--and Keynes's doctrine of corrective action in an imperfect world became more relevant than ever. Keynes was not a traditional economist: he was a polemicist, an iconoclastic public intellectual, a peer of the realm, and a political operative, as well as an openly homosexual bohemian who befriended Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster. Here, historian Peter Clarke provides a timely accounting of Keynes's life and work, bringing his genius and skepticism alive for an era fraught with economic difficulties that he surely would have relished solving.--From publisher description.