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The Five Thousand Year Leap with Glenn Beck Foreword & Common Sense by Paine Paperback – July 15, 2009

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Editorial Reviews


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, Bestselling Author

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 Franklin Covey, Speaker, Bestselling Author

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. --James Michael Pratt, Bestselling Author

About the Author

W. Cleon Skousen was a world renowned teacher, lecturer and scholar for more than 60 years. Born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada on January 20, 1913, Dr. Skousen?s growing up years were spent in Canada, Mexico, and California.

He attended college at the San Bernardino Junior College where he was elected Student Body President. In 1934 he went to law school at George Washington University in Washington DC, where he earned his Juris Doctorate and was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia. At this same time he was employed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dr. Skousen married Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, in August 1936. During their 69 years of marriage, they raised eight children and became the grandparents of 50 grandchildren and more than 90 great-grandchildren.

In 1972 Dr. Skousen organized a non-profit educational foundation named "The Freemen Institute." Dr. Skousen and his staff became the nation's leading organization in teaching students and legislators seminars on the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution. His books "The Making of America" and "The 5,000 Year Leap" have been used nation-wide to educate students on the original intent of the Founding Fathers.

His many books and recordings addressed diverse subjects ranging from the raising of boys, to the principles of good government, to prophetic history. Dr. Skousen accumulated a wealth of knowledge and optimism - information that he called the "diamond dust" of exciting history, natural law and eternal principles of hope. These principles he painstakingly distilled into the pages of over 40 books and pamphlets, to be shared in an exciting and inspirational manner. This is what made him so popular with audiences of millions around the world.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: American Documents; 1st Edition edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981559689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981559681
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,903,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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