Tyler Cowen writes:
Marginal Revolution: New MR book club - Keynes's General Theory: I will go through the book [Keynes's General Theory], chapter by chapter, with an eye toward a deeper understanding of what Keynes wrote and why it is, as Greg says, so important. I'm not yet sure what kind of pace I can maintain but order your copy here, now. The Kindle version is only $3.96. We'll do chapters 1 and 2 by next Monday, eight days from now.
The Marxists.org version of the General Theory is free: http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/economics/keynes/general-theory/
I am of a different view than Tyler. I think that the most important things by Keynes to read do not include the General Theory. My list of General Theory-length reading from Keynes is this:
- Keynes (1919), The Economic Consequences of the Peace http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15776/15776-8.txt
- Keynes (1924), A Tract on Monetary Reform No etext
- Keynes (1932), Essays in Persuasion No etext
- Keynes (1919), "Inflation"
- Keynes (1923), "Social Consequences of Changes in the Value of Money"
- Keynes (1925), "The Economic Consequences of Mr. Churchill"
- Keynes (1926), "The End of Laissez-Faire" http://www.panarchy.org/keynes/laissezfaire.1926.html
- Keynes (1930), "The Great Slump of 1930" http://www.gutenberg.ca/ebooks/keynes-slump/keynes-slump-00-h.html
- Keynes (1931), "The Consequences to the Banks of the Collapse in Money Values"
- Keynes (1932), "The World Economic Outlook" http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/flashbks/budget/keynesf.htm
- Keynes (1933), "An Open Letter to President Roosevelt" http://newdeal.feri.org/misc/keynes2.htm
- Keynes (1938), "A Private Letter to President Roosevelt" http://delong.typepad.com/egregious_moderation/2008/12/john-maynard-ke.html
and I am tremendously annoyed at the absence of etext versions of the Tract on Monetary Reform and Essays in Persuasion.
- Jacob Viner (1936), "Mr. Keynes on the Causes of Unemployment" http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/1882505.pdf