Contrary to my inclination and somewhat against my better judgment I have been prevailed upon by the editor to repeat the experiment begun last year, viz., to produce a sort of running account of some of the more important legal publications which have appeared in the last twelve months. It goes almost without saying that a competent review of a single serious work requires both considerable time and space. An adequate critical review of fifty or sixty works would be quite out of the question for anyone who had anything else to do. In my comments on the books which follow I have been forced to lean heavily on more extensive reviews appearing elsewhere; and, although I have sometimes had to rely on what authors have said in their own prefaces, I have in general studiously avoided relying on publishers' blurbs. While I cannot pretend to have studied thoroughly all the books I shall hereafter mention, I have, in more cases than I care to remember, either read the whole work or a large part of it. At the conclusion of this labor I can repeat what the ancient English scribe added to a manuscript which he had finished copying: "Explicit hic totum; pro Christo da mihi potum."
Hobart R. Coffey,
LAW BOOKS OF THE YEAR (1943-44),
Mich. L. Rev.
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