"Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter"

Contracts, the foundation of economic activity, are both vital and misunderstood. Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham's latest book corrects the misunderstandings through a series of engaging stories involving such diverse individuals as Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, Clive Cussler, Lady Gaga, and Donald Trump. Capturing the essentials of this subject, Contracts in the Real World explores recurring issues people face in contracting. It shows how age-old precedents and wisdom still apply today and how contract law's inherent dynamism cautions against exuberant reforms. The book will appeal to the general reader and specialists in the field alike, and to both teachers and students of contracts.

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"In Lawrence Cunningham's engaging new book, Contracts in the Real World, old chestnuts, the foibles of contemporary celebrities and holes-in-one are delivered with flair and without legalese. The neophyte will be informed by this fun book. I am sure Professor Kingsfield would enjoy it much as I did."
- Joseph M. Perillo
Distinguished Professor of Law Fordham Law School

"The stories are fascinating, the issues are important, and the explanations are compelling. Lawrence Cunningham has written a splendid book."
- Steven Lubet
Williams Memorial Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

"This book will be a fascinating reading for teachers, students, and indeed for anyone with an interest in contracting generally. It runs the gamut from Lady Duff-Gordon to Lady Gaga, and taught me things I didn't know about cases I thought I knew well, as well as telling me about cases I had never heard of -- while at the same time weaving a pattern of the common law of contract. An unusual and rewarding book."
- Charles L. Knapp
Joseph W. Cotchett Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

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Contracts in the Real World

Professor Lawrence A. Cunningham's latest book reveals the rules of dealmaking through riveting tales of busted deals, involving celebrities from Lady Gaga to Michael Jordan as well as ordinary people. Become a fan on facebook.

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