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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199570051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199570058
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 3.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mindy Chen-Wishart is Lecturer in the Law Faculty and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. Previously she was a Rhodes Research Fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and a Senior Lecturer at Otago University, New Zealand.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Objective Reviewer on 18 July 2007
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It seems that much has already been said about the virtues of this book, in terms of its depth, structure and theoretical analysis. I agree entirely: this is a fantastic book. What is more, this book has a satisfyingly 'fresh' feel to it which is lacking from the more established text books.

I would agree with a previous reviewer that some of the diagrams are not worth touching (and are, frankly, quite bizarre: images of umbrellas and cupping hands come to mind), but I'd argue that the majority of the diagrams/tables are pretty damned useful: eg the tables on damages in mispresentation/frustration, on UCTA/UTCCR and on recoverable loss of amenity/bargain.

I feel this book will help you to understand (rather than regurgitate) contract law more than any other book. It also provides a very sound conceptual framework upon which to build knowledge drawn from further reading. For example, I have yet to see any other text book explain/emphasise the links between consideration/estoppel-privity-third party damages better than this gem.

I hope to see more text books of this kind in other areas of law.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miami on 9 May 2005
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This book is good. The text is concise. It is internally coherent and logical. It evaluates and analyses in tremendous depth the theoretical limitations of and the inconsistency with which courts have applied the doctrines of Contract Law, including Consideration and Promissory Estoppel. The book has interesting graphical diagrams attempting to conceptualise Contract Law and its haphazard theories and doctrines. They can however over complicate the subject matter, which wouldn't be seen in Anson's Law of Contract. However, Contract Law was usually conceived as dry and boring and unnecessarily complicated. Contract Law has been rebirthed in this text and proposals for reform deeply considered. Philosophy is deeply looked into and Economics is brought in. There is so much evaluation, and it is so deep, you realise how much work this text was to hammer out and to carve into a consistent and coherent whole. And you thought McKendrick was good? You aint read this...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By entroduce on 10 May 2007
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The real strength of this book is its exploration of the theortical underpinnings of key concepts at the heart of contract law. Reference is made time and again to judicial ideologies and the provenance of key decisions. While I didn't care for the diagrams, the book success derives from offering different perspectives on contract law issues which other textbooks seem to view from a distinctly linear perspective. The recommended reading is useful, as are the chapter summaries and questions offered for the student's consideration.

My lecturer advocated this book as excellent preperation for tutorials - it may not be the best bet for lecture preperation (if you are inclined that way) as it certainly does require more time to work your way through. Don't let this put you off however - I believe Chen-Wishart's textbook represents a thorough and just as importantly, interesting approach in the law of contract.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By student on 4 Sept. 2005
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This is a fantastic book for all contract lawyers, striking the perfect balance between a heavyweight standard textbook such as Treitel and something lighter and easier to follow such as Mckendrick. The best thing about the book is the way it does not simply state the law but actually explores the concepts from a theoretical perspective. There is also ample scope for the reader to develop their own viewpoint, with the authors arguments being separated from the factual explanation of the caselaw.
All in all it really is a great book and especially useful around revision time!
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