Keynes, the return of the Master
Excellent little book, though i do find the title a bit amusing. Sounds like the Return of the Jedi
Skidelsky, and its hardly a surprise since he is the best biographer of Keynes out there, focuses on the ideas that led us to the current economic crisis and the ideas of Keynes that can be useful to us today. He also goes beyond the Keynes as the economist and talks about Keynes the social thinker. Everybody and their mother is talking about Keynes today, hardly ever getting anything right. The General Theory aint an easy read for the non-economist so misconceptions are easily reproduced. So this is a good read to actually learn without much effort, what the man was about. It has a very nice chapter describing the sequence of events that led the current economic fiasco too.
Eh, so, repeat after me boys, girls and Republicans:
"Keynes was not a nationalizer [...]Keynes was not the apostle of permanent budget deficits..[..] Nor was Keynes a tax-and spend fanatic...[...] Nor did Keynes believe that all unemployment was caused by failure of aggregate demand...[...] Keynes was not an inflationist"(p. xvi, introduction).
I will also add, Keynes was not a socialist, this is really like me stating that the sky is blue, but apparently in some other places of the world it appears to be purple, pink, or even orange, depending on how certain political polls are going.