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Farnsworth, Young, Sanger, Cohen, and Brooks' Cases and Materials on Contracts, 7th (University Casebook) (English and English Edition) Hardcover – August 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1599410302 ISBN-10: 1599410303 Edition: 7th

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  • Series: University Casebook
  • Hardcover: 1031 pages
  • Publisher: Foundation Press; 7 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599410303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599410302
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Don't forget the supplemental materials.
Guillermo Palermo
Having said that if you're reading this review you probably are shopping for a law book because it is on a reading list for a class.
Christopher J. Sugar
The holding in so many of the cases is not actually explained.
Rishab Kumar

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marshall D. Marcus on February 22, 2009
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I have the 6th edition. When the semester started I found I was not on track with the class which was using the 7th, SO, I spent big bucks for the 7th ed.
Turns out it was thrown out money. Check the table of contents, there are very few new cases. In the beginning of the book some cases are just in a different order.

In the first 200 pages, I had found 6 typos in the 6th ed. FIVE are not corrected in the 7th.

$75-150 for the 7th ed.
$3 up for a used 6th ed.......
It's a no brainer, save your money. Spend $5 photcopying the missing cases in the library, or find them free on line.

Sometimes, a new edition has important changes. This edition seems to be an attempt to kill the market in used textbooks for this course.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2004
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You probably have no choice whether to purchase this book or not as it is likely required and if it was not what in the world would you be doing buying one of these?
Yet if you are required you are in luck. Farnsworth's book is legendary. The selection of cases hits all the right points from drunken farm sales, to conniving socialites, and a classic selection of King's Bench tales.
Not only are the cases well selected, but the budding law student gets to read Farnsworth's wry commentary and always salient observations. The only downside is his inclusion of foreign contract law representing his love of travels around the world but this is a minor flaw.
There is but one legend of Contract Case Books and his name is Farnsworth!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo Palermo on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a 1L and this book is so littered with errors it has become a running joke in our class. For an extreme example, take a look at Black Industries v. Bush - the authors can't even copy the cases right. Nor am I being overly picky. The mistakes in this book are so serious that it calls into question the professionalism of the authors.

Not convinced? Check p. 85 and the dissenting judges. Or p. 74, lines 9 and 12. Or p. 233 line 17 from the bottom. All of these are serious errors that affect a beginning law student's understanding.

Some questions for the authors:
* If this is the 7th edition, how bad are 1-6?
* If the writing is this poor, how reliable is your reasoning in the notes?
* Are you this sloppy with your law review articles?
* What value does this book provide when we have access to WestLaw and study aids?

This book costs $136 and is pushed on thousands of students each year. Don't forget the supplemental materials. Shame on you William F. Young, Carol Sanger, Neil B. Cohen, and Richard Brooks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rishab Kumar on December 8, 2012
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This is the WORST book on contract law you will ever read.

The editorial board and the authors of this book are literally the who's who of US Contract Law. But, none of them has read this book. It is absolutely shocking!!!

The book is full of typos and substantive errors. The selection of cases is astonishing. For example, take the one case the book has on misrepresentation. Poor selection, given it deals with a very obscure point. The case itself has been criticized as wrong.

The holding in so many of the cases is not actually explained. You'll often find yourself reading 5 pages of fact and 1 paragraph explaining the court's reasoning. There are times when you can read the case multiple times and be completely lost and 30 seconds on Westlaw or even Wikipedia will explain everything. For example try pages 386-390.

If you are contemplating buying this book, it is because you are a law student. Please go to your professor and tell him/her to prescribe a different book. I could not do this myself, because my professor is the leading (surviving) author of the book.

This book is in its seventh edition and I'm told an eighth edition is on its way. I can't imagine what previous editions were like. The authors and the editorial board should really own up and take a fresh look at this book.

P.S. Please note that most positive reviews of this book are actually positive reviews of the seller for shipping the book on time and etc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CW on December 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I agree with previous posters that the cases are well selected. That is possibly the only saving grace for this book. Of all my first year books, this is by far the worst. It's lack of organization and direction is confusing and unhelpful, especially to a first semester 1L.

First, it approaches contracts from a somewhat backward and non-linear direction. Instead of discussing what a contract is and its various parts in an ordered manner, it essentially presents the concepts in a jumble (similar to a large bucket of Legos dumped on the floor) and expects you, a poor oblivious fool of a 1L, to put them all together without any direction. I understand it's law school, and that if you can't figure things out you probably shouldn't be in law school. But this takes unhelpful to an unnecessary level.

Second, Farnsworth seems overly taken with the Restatement (2d) position. Perhaps that's because he was the reporter for it. He presses quite forcefully at times for its position, without giving due credit to alternative views or opposing positions.

Finally, while I see the reason for having three levels of case discussion (principle cases, secondary cases, and cases discussed in the notes), it's net effect is unnecessary confusion. If it's important enough to discuss, give the case. If the concept is all that's important, put it in a note. The way most other successful casebooks do.

Farnsworth may have been a great teacher. However that does not make him a good textbook writer. Other's I've talked to have agreed. Perhaps it does take a very special professor to make good use of this text. If that is the case, then the book is largely useless to the general 1L population.
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