Just finished Lords of Finance, sort of a "The Great Contraction" from a reality TV point of view. Fascinating the way the author portrays the personalities of leading the central banks of England, France, Germany, and US in run up to depression; but the policy analysis seemed a little shallow. Like all decisions were compressed into the charichatures of each of the personalities involved, and were therefore sort of pre-determined and obvious. Keynes makes fun appearances as sort of a court jester throwing tomatoes at the orthodoxy of the bankers. But still, the backgrounds and temperaments could be a bigger driving force than the ideas. Kind of neat to see one person's conception of what happened behind the curtain.