John Maynard Keynes: “Thought Had Wings”

We have added to our Free Library a number of works by John Maynard Keynes, a brilliant economist and a brilliant writer:

  • Indian Currency and Finance
  • The Economic Consequences of the Peace
  • A Revision of the Treaty, Being a Sequel of The Economic Consequences of the Peace
  • Keynes’s Introduction to Supply and Demand by H. D. Henderson

Note: “…thought had wings” are Keynes’s words from his introduction to the textbook Supply and Demand; they are part of the sentence “Most of the omissions of matter often treated in textbooks are intentional; for as a subject develops, it is important, especially in books meant to be introductory, to discard the marks of the chrysalid stage before thought had wings.”

Useful Resources:

William H. Janeway discusses some of the books about Keynes listed below, and a book about a young Cambridge intellectual whose critique influenced the eminent economist : https://www.project-syndicate.org/onpoint/review-frank-ramsey-keynes-price-of-peace-by-william-h-janeway-2020-08 

We recommend a recent episode of OddLots, in which Joe Wisenthal, https://twitter.com/TheStalwart, speaks to Zach Carter about his recent best-selling book on Keynes

OddLots: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2020-07-12/studying-keynes-is-more-important-than-ever-podcast

Zach Carter, https://twitter.com/zachdcarter

“The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Maynard Keynes”, 2020 https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/563378/the-price-of-peace-by-zachary-d-carter/

We also recommend an episode of FT Alphachat, produced by the Financial Times, in which Cardiff Garcia talks to Nicholas Wapshott about his 2011 book on Keynes https://play.acast.com/s/ft-alphachat/encore-keynesvhayek

Nicholas Wapshott, https://twitter.com/NWapshott

“Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics”, 2011

Another resource is Robert Skideslki’s, https://twitter.com/RSkidelsky, “The Essential Keynes”: https://robertskidelsky.com/2016/01/05/the-essential-keynes/