The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Property

By Thomas W. Merrill and Henry E. Smith

{Oxford University Press: 2010}

Fall 2010

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In their new book, The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Property, Professor Thomas W. Merrill and Harvard Law School Professor Henry E. Smith provide an analytical overview of U.S. property law. In addition to covering the central tenets of property law, the authors examine some of the more interesting policy debates that have arisen in landmark property cases over the years. The comprehensive, foundational text also addresses how property law affects autonomy, personhood, and economic organization.

“Merrill and Smith’s book is nothing short of a marvel,” said Carol M. Rose, a professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. “It gives shape and direction to a field often considered to be diffuse and unmanageable. This volume is full of ideas that enliven all aspects of property law, showing the reader why these topics are interesting and topical.”

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