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The Summit

Ed Conway


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The idea of world leaders gathering in the midst of economic crisis is now familiar. But 1944's meeting at Bretton Woods was different. It was the only time countries agreed to overhaul the structure of the international monetary system. Their resulting system presided over the longest period of growth in history. Its demise decades later was at least partly responsible for the financial collapse of the 2000s.But what everyone has assumed to be a dry economic conference was in fact replete with drama. The delegates spent half the time at each other's throats and the other half drinking in the bar. All the while, war in Europe raged on.The heart of the conference was the love-hate relationship between John Maynard Keynes — the greatest economist of his day, who suffered a heart attack at the conference — and his American counterpart Harry Dexter White (later revealed to be passing information to Russian spies). Both were intent on creating a settlement which would prevent another war while at the same time defending their countries' interests.Drawing on unpublished accounts, diaries, and oral histories, The Summit describes the conference in stunning color and clarity. Written with exceptional verve and narrative pace, this is an extraordinary debut from a talented new historian.

Praise For The Summit

A gripping story for both general readers and scholars interested in World War II, the Cold War, and domestic and international political economy. The author knows how to write for those who are less informed about economics while telling the history of the turbulent conference through its leading characters and updating its legacy today. An essential purchase on this topic.

An entertaining and insightful history. Readers will
love how Conway skillfully brings to life the goings-on in what the British
snobbily called ‘the monstrous monkey house’ of Bretton Woods.

Brimming with the sort of vivid details that make the past come alive, The Summit is both an impressive work of scholarship and an absolute delight to read.

— Liaquat Ahamed, author of 'Lords of Finance'

Excellent. Conway superbly describes the political rivalries. Entertaining and informative, Conway’s book mixes high partying with big thinking about serious matters.

Gripping. Conway tells how the participants set out to
rid the global economy of the types of dangerous imbalances that lie at the
root of the eurozone’s current predicament.

Compelling. The scope of the subject matter is
impressive, and the execution is outstanding.

Brilliantly researched, and hugely entertaining, this is an essential book about one of the most important economic events of the twentieth century.
— Keith Lowe, author of 'Savage Continent'

Pegasus Books, 9781605989655, 480pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2016

About the Author

Ed Conway is the economics editor of Sky News. Previously he was the economics editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph. His appointment to this role, when only twenty-five, made him the youngest ever economics editor of a British national newspaper. He lives in London.