The Summit : The Biggest Battle of the Second World War – fought behind closed doors
by Ed Conway
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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The idea of world leaders collecting in the midst of economic crisis has become too familiarBut the Bretton Woods Summit in 1944, was the only country in the world agreed to a redesign of the structure of the international monetary systemAnd, what is more, they have been a success – it has been the closest to perfection in the world economy has ever been, and no doubt the disappearance of the Bretton Woods system is the cause of our present misfortunesIt wasn’t a dry economic conference.The delegates spent half the time on each other at the throat, and the other half drinking in the hotel barThe Russians capsized near the entire projectThe Frenchman threatened to go out several timesJohn Maynard Keynes had a heart attackHis American counterpart was a KGB spyBut this summit could play a role in preventing World War III.Drawing on a multitude of unpublished testimonies, diaries and oral accounts, this brilliant work describes the conference in superb colour and clarity.To give life to characters, events and economy and writing with exceptional verve and rhythm narrative, which is an extraordinary work accomplished history from a new talent of the writer
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