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The Naked Communist (Political Freedom Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 5, 2013

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No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism. You will be alarmed, you will be informed and you'll be glad you heard him (W. Cleon Skousen).
-- President Ronald Reagan, United States President

"I went back and I read 'The Naked Communist' and at the end of that Skousen predicted someday soon you won't be able to find the truth in schools or in libraries or anywhere else because it won't be in print anymore. So you must collect those books. It's an idea I read from Cleon Skousen from his book in the 1950s, 'The Naked Communist,' and where he talked about someday the history of this country's going to be lost because it's going to be hijacked by intellectuals and communists and everything else. And I think we're there."
--Glenn Beck, Host of the "Glenn Beck Show"

"I feel certain that your efforts on this important subject (communism) will receive widespread attention and consideration."
--J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

"The Naked Communist lays out the whole progressive plan. It is UNBELIEVABLE how fast it has been achievable."
--Dr. Ben Carson, The Sean Hannity Show, May 23, 2014

We believe in a moral code. Communism denies innate right or wrong. As W. Cleon Skousen has said in his timely book, The Naked Communist: The communist 'has convinced himself that nothing is evil which answers the call of expediency.' This is a most damnable doctrine. People who truly accept such a philosophy have neither conscience nor honor. Force, trickery, lies, broken promises are wholly justified."

-- Ezra Taft Benson, United States Secretary of Agriculture under President Dwight D. Eisenhower

About the Author

W. Cleon Skousen is best remembered as a popular author, speaker andteacher who lectured in every state and province in North America, andin more than 60 countries world-wide. He was a student of history and ascholar of law, specializing in the principles of Freedom, the U.S.Constitution, economics, and ancient history and scriptures.

Hewas invited to write a new constitution for Canada and the proposedUnited States of Latin America, and he published a model constitutionthat could be adopted by nations everywhere. He served in the FBI for 16 years, four years as Chief of Police in Salt Lake City, and ten yearsas a university professor. He was a prolific writer and produced threenational best sellers, The Naked Communist, The Naked Capitalist, andThe Five Thousand Year Leap. Eight of his books were used as collegetexts, and several were translated and published in other countries.

Dr. Skousen was born in Canada, and returned to the U.S. with his family at age ten. He spent two years in Mexico, two years in England, graduatedfrom San Bernardino College in California, and received his juris doctor degree from George Washington University Law School. He was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and before the District Courtof Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

His seminars on theConstitution have been taught to several million across the U.S., andamong his students were dozens of U.S. Senators and Representatives, two Supreme Court justices, and several candidates for President. Hebelieved knowledge and understanding were key to maintaining a freecountry, and spent his entire adult life opening up complex issues fordeeper understanding by students and audiences all around the world.

Mr. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, arethe parents of eight children, 50 grandchildren, and more than 120great-grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • Series: Political Freedom Series
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 5th Edition edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148267789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482677898
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift from my brother, stemming from a conversation in which I said, `communism isn't really such a horrible thing, it's just not a practical form of government because greed and corruption will never allow people to share things equally'. I was given this book to correct that misunderstanding. And this book did that brilliantly.

Skousen begins with a description of the Marxist mindset, delving even into the lives and times of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Marx's colleague and probably his only friend. Such insight lays the groundwork for understanding Communism and its reasons for being, which at best are selfish and demeaning. Using proto-communists' own words, whether from the Communist Manifesto or from correspondence among Marx and others, Skousen shows that the very philosophical foundations of Marxism and Communism are flawed and misleading. For myself, I began to understand that Marx's bitterness about his own station in life and his seeming inability to function in a competitive, capitalist world led him to a philosophy that claimed it could undo all the so-called iniquities of that capitalist world. Thus the myth of Communism as a great equalizer was born.

Many people, myself once included, tend to think that that is all there is to Communism: everyone is equal and all possessions are shared equally. Others claim that the Bible provides support for this way of life and that the communal life described therein is an early example of Communism. Still others might claim that our founding fathers would have approved of Communism because of its purported equality. Skousen aptly debunks these and other misconceptions surrounding Communism and Marxist theory.
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Format: Hardcover
Written about 1960 by W. Cleon Skousen, who worked in the FBI for 16 years, taught at the university level, and served as a Chief of Police in Salt Lake City and a Field Director for the American Security Council in Chicago. This is a simple and straightforward book that examines the philosophies and objectives of Communism; outlines the history of the Communist takeovers in Russia, Eastern Europe, China, Korea, and Cuba; and details the shortcomings of Communist teachings and society. Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Krushchev, and Castro are discussed in detail, as well as many others, including some influential Americans. Mr. Skousen makes very plain the threat of Communism in the United States and how previous failures to act led to so many countries falling to Communism.

I don't remember why I initally picked up this book, but I doubted that it had much relevance in today's world. With the fall of the Soviet Union I thought it was pretty much a moot point. But I was surprised at how much it sounded like things I've heard variously from students and teachers in college classes - all since the fall of the USSR. I found the analysis of the life of Karl Marx and his philosophies convincing but a bit dry. However, the history of how Communism came to be such a powerful force in the world and its failures to provide for the people was very interesting and hard to put down. Furthermore, it parallels what I'm reading in another book by a Chinese journalist who experienced firsthand the Communist takeover in China.

The book is written clearly and in plain language, and there are plenty of footnotes. It will certainly make you look at organizations such as the United Nations and the ACLU very differently. Overall, an interesting and convincing analysis of Communism not only as a political philosophy but also from a historical perspective.
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W. Cleon Skousen's book 'The Naked Communist' is one of the finest works ever written on the subject of the communist conspiracy and should be read by everyone who loves the United States of America. Skousen does a wonderful job exposing the lies that communists have used since Karl Marx first wrote the communist manifesto. The book was written in the early sixties and it's amazing to see just how many predictions Skousen made that have come true. Skousen also points out the many flaws that has left the United Nations virtually powerless to stop aggressor nations. But perhaps the most interesting facts that Skousen sheds light on are the circumstances surrounding Roosevelt's concessions to Stalin and Truman's concessions to Mao. These 'Appeasers' made the same mistakes that Chamberlin made in his dealing's with Hitler in the 1930's. Many are quick to dismiss the spectre of Communism since the end of the cold war but America must remain ever vigilant and always beware the influences of the EXTREME left.
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I read the 1962 publication of the Naked Communist. What is utterly shocking about this book is that in 1962 it published the current communist goals of that era, and if you look at it today 95% of them have been accomplished already!! What is utterly shocking, is that the outlandish concessions,( ie communisums fall) is part of the communist stradagey in 1962!! "Today, of course, we are not strong enough to attack...To win we shall need the element of surprise. The bourgeoisie will have to be put to sleep. So we shall begin by launching the most spectacular peace movement on record. There will be electrifying overtures and unheard of concessions. The capitalist countries, stupid and decadent, will rejoice to cooperate in their own destruction. They will jump at another chance to be friends. As soon as their guard is down, we shall smash them with our clenched fist."-- DIMITRY Z. MANUILSKY-- Stated in a lecture to the Lenin School on Political Warfare in Moscow 1931. This is found in the book. After reading THE NAKED COMMUNIST You will understand communist thinking and then you will be shocked that communist thought is alive here in the U.S., and how uneducated the public is about it!!!
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