By Timothy Shenk
Even Maurice Dobb's critics, and there have been many, stated that he used to be one of many world's most vital Communist economists. From his outpost on the collage of Cambridge, the place he used to be a protégé of John Maynard Keynes and mentor to scholars starting from Eric Hobsbawm to Amartya Sen, Dobb made himself into certainly one of British communism's most well known intellectuals. before, this awesome lifestyles has been all yet forgotten. but following Dobb's lifestyles from his beginning in 1900 to his dying in 1976 does greater than simply recuperate the profession of 1 of contemporary Britain's such a lot paradoxical thinkers. It finds a stunning historical past that casts new mild at the connections that certain economics, politics, and gear jointly within the 20th century—a heritage whose legacy nonetheless endures, lengthy after the Soviet Union's fall.
"A awesome and richly illuminating depiction of Dobb's lifestyles and ideas, written within the top culture of scholarship at the heritage of monetary proposal. In supplying a wealth of latest information regarding Dobb, Shenk arrives at notable new insights concerning the transformation of either Marxist scholarship and the economics career in the course of his lifetime." - Angus Burgin, Johns Hopkins University
"A terrific account of the existence and regarded Maurice Dobb. but, this publication strikes a ways past traditional biography to discover, in such an relaxing and fascinating method, the total heritage of financial idea. via Dobb's novels, performs, letters, lectures, released works, and unpublished ruminations, Shenk invitations the reader during the small window of Maurice Dobb's attention-grabbing lifestyles, which has a mind-blowing view onto the heritage of the 20 th century." - Johanna Bockman, George Mason University
"Timothy Shenk has written a full of life and soaking up account of a relevant determine within the terribly proficient workforce of mid-twentieth century Cambridge Marxists. he's to be thanked for furnishing us with the sort of clean and lucid examine of a seminal life." - Robin Blackburn, college of Essex
"This awesome biography of Maurice Dobb is soaking up and instructive. the writer has captured uncannily Maurice's character and his remarkably complete and aggravating political lifestyles. Timothy Shenk is to be congratulated on writing one of these fantastic paintings of scholarship, which i think certain Maurice, even though he may were embarrassed, could however have authorized of." - Geoffrey Harcourt, collage of Cambridge
"graceful and considerate . . . Maurice Dobb: Political Economist (Palgrave, 2013), through Timothy Shenk, grabbed my curiosity and held it to the very end." - David Warsh, writer of information and the Wealth of Nations
"an impressive accomplishment . . . Maurice Dobb: Political Economist is without doubt one of the most crucial books at the background of capitalism released this yr, and it may be assigned to each seminar devoted to the exploration of that transforming into sub-field. just like the most sensible non-academic writers at the heritage of monetary inspiration (the New Yorker’s John Cassidy involves mind), Shenk possesses the infrequent present of without difficulty translating tricky theorizations of the industry into transparent English." - Kurt Newman, U.S. highbrow heritage weblog