Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
The book is Volume I of a multi-volume work on contract principles; Vol I contains topics on contract formation (including mutuality of promises, offer and acceptance, consideration, etc) with extensive cases and inclusion of citations and discussions of the Restatements. No index or glossary were provided with the edition submitted.
Accuracy rating: 5
Content appears to be accurate and unbiased (although occasional editorial observations are not unwelcome or unhealthy).
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
Relevant and current, adaptable to updates and revisions.
Clarity rating: 4
The concepts are complex and the cases chosen are, although necessary, by their length are not a model of clarity (Judge Easterbrook's accessible style notwithstanding). It would be helpful with intertwined issues to break them out for independent discourse and with the chosen cases a bit more distilled or edited.
Consistency rating: 4
The work appears to be internally consistent, although a bit case-heavy in Ch III. Additionally, a note of caution may well be in order in delineating the common law fill-in doctrines of intent and terms as "default rules;" while appropriately relatable for the generation reading it, they will presumably at some point also come to know that the word "default" is itself a term of art in contract law (not to mention in that other first-year universe of civil procedure) so perhaps an alternative analogous choice would be in order.
Modularity rating: 4
As referenced above, it is difficult to divide assignments when in one single chapter the reader and educator alike have the challenge of both a 26-page and 21-page case for consideration and study.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 4
Well-organized on the whole.
Interface rating: 4
No images or charts were included in the edition submitted (perhaps would be helpful)
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
Classic "oldie-but-goodie" cases juxtapose nicely with contemporary social and legal issues,and modern challenges in technology including shrink wrap and other topics will allow maintenance of cultural relevance.
Thank you for the opportunity to review this work.
Eloise McCain Hassell
UNCG Bryan School of Business