Joseph A. Page


It was in the course of my meanderings through the torts-casebook landscape that I came upon Professor Dominick Vetri's entry in the field. The quality that first attracted me was the way it fashioned a user-friendly introduction to the study of law, to the uniqueness of the common law, and to the centrality of process. The book demonstrated an unusual sensitivity to the bewilderment of beginners and made a special effort to anticipate their needs and concerns. Yet what made Vetri's approach particularly intriguing was that it managed to play not only to nervous neophytes, but also to students in need of intellectual challenge. It did so by raising issues that stretched their minds by making them contemplate a larger canvas and think even more analytically than they would in striving to master basic tort doctrine and theory. The book's duality gives it a unique stamp and will provide the focus of this review.