There can be no denying the need for good Canadian legal textbooks. While recent years have seen more home-grown texts on the market there are many important areas left unserved. In the past year two Canadian text books on contract law have been published. One way of assessing these two books is to ask wehter they are suitable replacements for English contract texts which we have had to resort to for the want of anything Canadian. The heavy use of, and constant reference to, Canadian sources, both legislative and judicial, is, of course, a valuable asset. Needless to say, a textbook must be more than just a reference source; it must also offer a clear, accurate, readable and perceptive discussion of the law and the economic, social and political context within which it operates. This is especially so in the contentious areas of the subject covered.
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Paul Thomas, “The Law of Contract”, Book Review of The Law of Contract by G. H. L. Fridman, (1979) 5:2 DLJ 398.