In the Preface to the ﬁrst edition of his Unjust Enrichment, Peter Birks observed that the book represented such a dramatic volte face that ‘Almost everything of mine now needs calling back for burning’ (xiv). John Goldberg and Benjamin Zipursky could have made the same call in Recognizing Wrongs (RW), but for the much happier reason that they have produced in RW such a wonderfully readable and detailed account of their view of tort law that it renders all their earlier writings on the subject redundant. RW is a ﬁtting capstone on over 20 years’ worth of intellectual inquiry into the nature of tort law, conducted by the most enduring and brilliant double act in the history of writing about private law. While the focus of RW is exclusively on American law (and North American theorising about private law), there is no doubt that RW will be of compelling interest to private lawyers world-wide … (more)
Nicholas J McBride, ‘John CP Goldberg and Benjamin C Zipursky, Recognizing Wrongs, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020, 380 pp, hb £36.95′.