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Pieces of Eight : The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United States Constitution Hardcover – 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1722 pages
  • Publisher: Sheridan Books; 2nd edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: 0967175917
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.4 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Jackson on June 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Vieira is the most un-Harvard-lawyer-like Harvard lawyer you will ever meet. The "Dr." comes from his Ph.D. in chemistry from the same institution, which he earned a few years before he went back and got his J.D. He is among the foremost Constitutonal scholars in the U.S., and the undisputed expert on the history and Constitutional Law of Money and Banking.

If you *really* want to learn something about American History, the History of Money, or the devolution over the past 150 years of what passes for 'Law' in these united States, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Pieces of Eight is an exhaustive, detailed, and copiously footnoted (but highly readable, and routinely fascinating) compilation, synthesis, and exegesis of the history and Constitutional Law (and un-Constitutional 'law'!) of money and banking in the U.S, and is the result of a lifetime of research by a tenacious, literate, and scary-smart dude who is 3 for 4 in front of the Supreme Court.

If you want to know what the Framers of the Constitution *really* knew about money -- actually, quite a lot, certainly MUCH more than our purported "statesmen" today -- and why they put VERY specific language in the Constituton to ensure the proper rôle of money and banking consistent with a Free society, this book lays it out in stark, clear terms. In particular, if you want the definitive, airtight (and sordid) answers to politically incorrect questions such as "Why has nobody ever challenged the *clearly* unconstitutional Fed's constitutionality in court?", this book is the *only* place you're going to find them.

As Dr. Vieira mentions in his recent announcement at the gata.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Owen on March 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a mammoth, exhaustive history of the money of the United States, from before the Constitution down to the present. It is the greatest work of erudition that I have every seen by a single person. It is two volumes and over 1700 pages with 6000+ cites. The author has read and analyzed all the court cases, Congressional debates, laws concerning money, banking, etc. through out US history. He tells the places where the US went wrong economically, constitutionally, and monetarily and what to do about it to correct it. The author is a lawyer who believes in original intent interpretation of the Constitution and is of the Austrian school of economics. Reading the last few chapters of this the 2d edition released in 2002 is like reading prophecy about the economic situation that the US is experiencing in 2009. This book is highly recommended. It is expensive to buy and can only be found used at this time. I got it on interlibrary loan.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sunnankar on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I own a beautiful pristine copy and they are extremely well produced. Like Dr. Vieira, I have a law degree. I operate a financial website from the Austrian school viewpoint, receive thousands of visitors per day, have authored several academic pieces of monetary jurisprudence, speak internationally at investment conferences and have written my own book.

Pieces of Eight is THE definitive legal treatise on monetary jurisprudence. I have trained my own economic Padawans but Dr. Vieira is the Master Yoda of this branch of learning and Pieces of Eight is his seminal and impeccable work. This is an essential reference resource for anyone interested in money, currency and American law. These books are not for the intellectually lazy or undisciplined.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DiscipleAaron on May 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Vieira's magnum opus on the American Economic system is now also being used by Sherman Institute for a pair of undergraduate level courses bearing the Economics title. This is not the type of reference material the average person sits down over a cup of coffee to plow through. With over 6000 footnotes, in typical Vieira fashion, if he says it, you can take it to the bank so to speak -- and check the source.

I have personally referred to this tome many times when dealing with political science subjects focusing on money (or our current national lack thereof). Dr. Vieira uses a high-level of wit in expounding on some of the more idiosyncratic aspects of Congress and their attempts at herding the cats of a free market economy. "Political psychosis" is but one way he describes the current debacle of differing things claiming sameness ("dollar") and etc. His general, matter-of-factness in dialog makes this somewhat "dry" subject much more enjoyable. At the same time, your knowledge of economics in this nation is traced back to its earliest origins, along with following the trail through dozens of changes and attempts at congressional (and supreme court) micromanagement of American wealth.

The work is assembled logically, mostly along the time-line of history that American economics has traveled over its course. From pre-Constitution epochs, through our 13 colonial paper money experiments, through the Coinage Acts of early times, through the first Greenbacks, and into the modern era of "the Fed." No stones are left unturned in true, constitutional scholarship fashion within these covers.
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