Short and accessible primer to Keynes' life and work. Written by Robert Skidelsky as the author of one of the most eminent biographies of Keynes, the book is rich in historical examples and contextualization. It also does not confine itself to the narrow realm of economics, but also shows how Keynes' economic ideas are situated in a broader philosophical, ethical and political theory and account of human behaviour.
Though there will always be debate about the accuracy and relevance of his economic thinking, so much at odds with most of the neoclassical foundations of the subject, there cannot be any question as to the depth and breadth of John Maynard Keynes's intellect. As much philosopher as economist, Keynes is a fascinating thinker to learn from, questioning many tenets of economics still broadly in fashion today. His analysis of individual economic psychology is just as intriguing as his insight that macroeconomic aggregates behave different from the mere sum of their parts (think the pitfalls of macroeconomic saving).
Robert Skidelsky without doubt is one the fellow economists most knowledgeable about Keynes. Having written a massive biography about the man as well as many other books and essays long and short, Skidelsky knows his subject inside-out and provides a congenial glimpse into Keynes's thinking.