The Summit by Ed Conway
The Biggest Battle of the Second World War - Fought Behind Closed Doors

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Conway, who is economics editor of Sky News, has written an accessible and intelligent work, based on substantial archival research. He does not break much new ground, but his analysis is persuasive and his judgments are humane.
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Synopsis

The idea of world leaders gathering in the midst of economic crisis has become all-too familiar. But the summit at Bretton Woods in 1944 was the only time countries from around the world have agreed to overhaul the structure of the international monetary system. And, what's more, they were successful - it was the closest to perfection the world's economy has ever been, and arguably the demise of the Bretton Woods system is behind our present woes. This was no dry economic conference. The delegates spent half the time at each other's throats, and the other half drinking in the hotel bar. The Russians nearly capsized the entire project. The French threatened to walk out, repeatedly. John Maynard Keynes had a heart attack. His American counterpart was a KGB spy. But this summit could be instrumental in preventing World War Three. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished accounts, diaries and oral histories, this brilliant book describes the conference in stunning colour and clarity. Bringing to life the characters, events and economics and written with exceptional verve and narrative pace, this is an extraordinarily accomplished work of history from a talented new writer.
 

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Ed Conway is the Economics Editor of Sky News. Previously he was Economics Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. His appointment to this role, when aged only 25, made him the youngest ever Economics Editor of a UK national newspaper.
 
Published January 1, 2014 by Little, Brown. 480 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History.
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Matthew Bishop on Mar 16 2015

The battle between Keynes and White provides much of the color in “The Summit,” Ed Conway’s entertaining and insightful history.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Richard Toye on Aug 01 2014

Conway, who is economics editor of Sky News, has written an accessible and intelligent work, based on substantial archival research. He does not break much new ground, but his analysis is persuasive and his judgments are humane.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Peter Preston on Jun 15 2014

Ed Conway has written a vivid account of these Bretton Woods encounters, high and low, as well as chronicling what came before it...and what came after...Ed Conway makes those distant achievements fresh again with scholarship and verve. This is living history: and a seam worth mining further.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Claire Jones on Jun 15 2014

Fascinatingly, The Summit reveals that they did have at least one thing in common: both harboured dark secrets. Keynes was seriously ill, and there were suspicions that White was spying for the Russians.

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Forbes

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Reviewed by Timothy Spangler on Nov 23 2015

In THE SUMMIT, Ed Conway paints a compelling and detailed picture of the three weeks in the summer of 1944 when a “who’s who” of the world’s most important economic thinkers and finance officials arrived in a resort town in New Hampshire...

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