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The Five Thousand Year Leap: Twenty-Eight Great Ideas That Are Changing the World [Paperback]

W. Cleon Skousen
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June 1981 0880800046 978-0880800044 5th Printing
The Five Thousand Year Leap will take you by the hand as you discover the ideals of the Founding Fathers and their 28 principles for success. The values explored in detail by Dr. Skousen range from the Founder's prerequisite that the Constitution was designed for a moral people, to a government empowered by the people with checks and balances, along with an understanding of the critical nature of fiscal responsibility and family values. This book sums up the secrets to what James Madison called a miracle.
Revised, 30 Year Anniversary Edition. During the last 26 years of Dr. Skousen's life he continued his extensive study of the constitution and founding values. He kept his original copy of The Five Thousand Year Leap with him and would write notes in the margins and on envelops and note cards of the refinements and updates he wished to add to the book. This new 30 Year Anniversary Edition includes those refinements and updates.
NEW in 2009! THE Five Thousand Year Leap 30 Year Anniversary Edition with Glenn Beck's Foreword! No other edition offers the revisions and updates of this remarkable book detailing how the Founding Fathers used 28 principles to create a 5000 year leap in freedom, prosperity, and progress; all based upon morality, faith, and ethics.
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I beg you to read this book filled with words of wisdom which I can only describe as divinely inspired. You will find answers to questions plaguing America, and more importantly you will find hope. I know I have! --Glenn Beck, Nationally Syndicated Radio and Television Host<br /><br />A fascinating, in-depth study of the remarkable origins and enlightening ideas that helped to forge this great nation. I am proud to be an American and sincerely grateful for this God ordained nation. --Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Co-founder FranklinCovey, Speaker, Bestselling Author<br /><br />The fight for the soul of our country is real! Every patriotic American, young and old, should read this book! --Chris Cannon, US House of Representatives, 1997-2009

A fascinating, in-depth study of the remarkable origins and enlightening ideas that helped to forge this great nation. I am proud to be an American and sincerely grateful for this God ordained nation. --Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Co-founder FranklinCovey, Speaker, Bestselling Author

The fight for the soul of our country is real! Every patriotic American, young and old, should read this book! --Chris Cannon, US House of Representatives, 1997-2009 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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

He was invited to write a new constitution for Canada and the proposed United States of Latin America, and he published a model constitution that 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 years as a university professor. He was a prolific writer and produced three national best sellers, The Naked Communist, The Naked Capitalist, and The Five Thousand Year Leap. Eight of his books were used as college texts, 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, graduated from 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 Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

Mr. Skousen and his wife, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, are the parents of eight children, 50 grandchildren, and more than 120 great-grandchildren. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: The National Center for Constitutional Studies; 5th Printing edition (June 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880800046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880800044
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, love it, pass it on. February 28, 2009
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I have heard about The 5000 Year Leap for several years. At first I did not give much thought to reading it. I mostly like fiction books, specifically classics and fantasy. Reading about America's founding never crossed my mind. However, as I delved deeper into the world of politics and current events, I felt a growing desire to learn more about the Constitution. The 5000 Year Leap now grabbed my attention.

I am legally blind and reading is a slow process for me. I searched on Amazon for this book over a period of six months to a year hoping to find an audio c.d. of The 5000 Year Leap. All that I saw was available was the paperback version. Then one day I found the paperback version with a c.d. attached to it. I am not sure if I missed this on my previous searches or if the c.d. was a new feature. Either way, there it was. The price was a bit high, but I felt the knowledge I might gain in this book was worth it. Without hesitation I purchased a copy. It was one of the best Amazon purchases to date.

The 5000 Year Leap is simply special. I learned more about America's founding in this 300+ page book than in 20 years of education. This is a sad testament to our supposed educational system. Students read, memorize and repeat, without much critical thought or creativity in the process. As students we learn much about the atrocities against indians and the inhuman slavery era. Schools are quick to point out America's evils, but slow to illustrate any of the positives, like the genius and miracle behind its creation. The 5000 Year Leap does the latter part eloquently and wonderfully. It is an unapologetic pro-America dive into what our country was meant to be and what should be today. The author W. Cleon Skousen put much research and effort into this book.
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236 of 274 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 5,000 Year Leap April 25, 2009
This book is the quintessential book on understanding the brilliance of our founding fathers. It also shows how the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence are timeless documents. It should be recommended reading in all high school social studies classes. I gained an understanding and appreciation of our freedom given to us via these documents and has woken me up to how our current government is seeking to take power and gradually take away the freedoms granted to the people of the United States. The main reason behind the US Constitution was to limit the oppressive power of government. There are so many things that today's federal government is doing that our forefathers fought to make sure wouldn't happen. I think everyone should read this book to get an idea of just how far over reaching the current federal government is. The amazing thing is that this book was originally written I believe 30 years ago and it's so appropriate to what's happening in the political landscape today. It's almost like Skousen saw our current situation coming.
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242 of 293 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5000 Year Leap April 15, 2009
Love him or hate him, I saw an interview with Richard Nixon not too long before he passed away. He said his greatest fear is that we are not telling our nation's story over and over, and our children are not being taught in our public schools. I am a retired educator who majored in history and taught American History for several years. I am still an avid student of our history. I can tell you the stuff our kids are being fed is nothing but a bunch of touchy-touchy, feel good, politically correct pile of garbage. For example little emphasis on our Founding Fathers is given in many states and universities. Why? THEY OWNED SLAVES. Yes, they did, but they put together the best system of government the world has ever seen. Revisionist historians want to go back to Jamestown and blame this country for every conceivable ill. Many of these historians such as Michael Bellesiles of Emory University wrote a complete book of lies about the Second Amendment, The Arming of America. He got a Pulitzer for the book. It was discovered that his research was so specious that the prize was withdrawn and he was fired. He was so anti Second Amendment that he was willing to put his career on the line and lie about it. I have an idea this is but the tip of the iceberg. Our students are being fed lies, yes lies, about our history. This is a book that would be required reading in my American History classroom. If there are those who get all chilled by the mention of the Christian faith, then don't read it if it offends you. I taught a month long unit on the US Constitution each year to my 8th graders. They practically had to memorize it. They were tested over and over again and were required to do additional research. That was several years ago, and my former students STILL REMEMBER those precepts. Read more ›
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118 of 141 people found the following review helpful
I hesitated to write this review as I stopped reviewing books on government and politics a couple years ago because of the nasty comments people would make about my conservative and Christian views. A dear friend gave this book to me as a gift and I find it outstanding. Were I still teaching government and history I would be using it in the classroom. Yes, I have checked facts given in this book and have found them 100% correct. I will be buying extra copies to give to friends who are still teaching. I also will not read any comments on my review of this book. I am pleased that the great majority of reviewers seem to feel as I do.
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Published 10 days ago by Mary J. Herman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great history lesson
These basic fundamentals of American history, which were not all and are not now being all taught in public school, should be a mandatory read for every student before graduation. Read more
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This book should be required reading for U.S. High School students and anyone seeking U.S. Citizenship. If you want to understand the principles behind the U.S. Read more
Published 17 days ago by N. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is a great and historic book. It is amazing how history just keeps on rolling and how few are truly right on with what is coming.
Published 1 month ago by Big Jule
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This is a very detailed and wonderful book. It explains how and why the United States is an exceptional nation. A must read!!!
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The Founders were light years ahead in their thinking; to understand how and why they came to their conclusions when writing our Constitution truly... Read more
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Every US citizen should read, know and understand these 28 Founding Father principles upon which our country was built upon. Read more
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I have read it and found it very enlightening. I especially recommend it for people interested in history or how our country was formed.
Published 2 months ago by Grandma in VA
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone, especially our government, should read!!
Absolutely amazing how they depicted the thoughts of our Founding Fathers and how our Constitution was developed through the religious beliefs of virtue and high morale values.
Published 2 months ago by Ottie Sypolt
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational
A good read that mau shed light on a number of things and give you some perspective on where we are are today.
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