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The Five Thousand Year Leap: 28 Great Ideas That Changed the World (Revised 30 Year Anniversary Edition) Paperback – March 13, 2009


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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: American Documents; 1st edition (March 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981559662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981559667
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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.

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The book is well written and is an easy read.
Carol A. Gault
Great book for anyone wanting to understand our Constitution and what the Founding Fathers actually intended our government to be like.
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This book should be REQUIRED reading for every high school student in America.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Christopher 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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237 of 276 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Mannello on April 25, 2009
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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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243 of 295 people found the following review helpful By Denzil Minyard on April 15, 2009
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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 142 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Fred on October 1, 2009
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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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