THE SUMMIT
The Biggest Battle of the Second World War – Fought Behind Closed Doors

ED CONWAY
480pp PHOTOS 2014 OUT OF PRINT HB01

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Description
Gatherings of world leaders in the midst of economic crisis have 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 -- 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. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished accounts, diaries and oral histories, this book describes the conference in stunning colour and clarity.
. . . skilfully brings to life the goings-on in what the British snobbily called 'the monstrous monkey house' of Bretton Woods. NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW