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John Maynard Keynes Has A Plan

John Maynard Keynes at his desk.

hide captionThe famous economist once called the gold standard "a barbarous relic."

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On today's Planet Money:

As great figures from history go, John Maynard Keynes should consider himself lucky, at least when it comes to his biography. His biographer, Lord Robert Skidelsky, is one of the best. His three-volume biography of Keynes is not only comprehensive (1000+ pages) — it's also funny, insightful and frankly, a little raunchy.

Skidelsky has a new book about Keynes out, called Keynes: The Return of the Master. We talk with him about how Keynes developed the ideas that (at least according to some
people) got us out of the Great Depression.

BONUS LISTENING: Adam and Alex's profile of Keynes.

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