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Book Review: Cases on Damages, 38 Yale Law Journal 698 (1929)


Those who know Professor Beale's second edition will not find this edition a stranger. The method of arrangement has not been changed. The chapter headings read precisely the same. Only four of the old cases have been dropped. The others have been retained, and to them have been added over thirty new cases, two-thirds of them being decided since 1923. These additions have enlarged the book by 125 pages. The new cases are quite evenly distributed, only a few chapters receiving none. The footnotes are as few in number as those in the second edition. Those which do appear are skeletonized and contain no references to law review articles, texts or any non-legal material. The cases which have been added have beyond question increased the utility of the book for class room purposes. A dozen recent cases of great significance are not among the new ones. But of course choices have to be made. Limitations also have to be set. Yet it seems as if the problems of foreign exchange are sufficiently significant to have been included. In spite of these omissions and deficiencies it is beyond doubt that this collection of cases effectively presents in doctrinal fashion the so-called fundamentals of the law of damages. Those who have found the previous edition usable will find even greater utility in this one. Professor Beale's unerring instinct for good cases is still apparent.

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