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Book Review: The Law of Contract, 16 Yale Law Journal 155 (1906)


For the introduction of the student to the study of the law of contract there is no better book published than the work of Sir William R. Anson. It is unsurpassed for a systematic arrangement of topics, for a clear and brief statement of principles, and for a lucid explanation of those principles. The work contains as much of historical detail as can be read by a beginner with much profit, without at the same time containing such a "mass of statement and illustration" as might tend to "oppress and dishearten the student." The unusual success of the author in attaining his object is evidenced by the wide popularity of the numerous editions of his work, and by the extent to which other writers have used his outline and his text.

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