The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World

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The Year Leap A Miracle That Changed the World By W Cleon Skousen go inside Kindle W Cleon Skousen was a popular teacher lecturer and author in the Un

The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World By W. Cleon Skousen go inside Kindle W Cleon Skousen 1913 2006 was a popular teacher, lecturer and author in the United States for over 40 years Born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada on January 20, 1913, Dr Skousen s growing up years were spent in Canada, Mexico, and California.At age 17 he was called to serve a two year, LDS mission to Great Britain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints He later attended college at the San Bernardino Junior College where he was elected Student Body President.With scholarships and encouragements, he left California in 1934 to work as a government aid in Washington DC Later Dr Skousen applied and was hired as an FBI agent.Dr Skousen married his sweetheart, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, August 1936 During the past 69 years, they have raised 8 children and are the grandparents of 50 grandchildren and over 69 great grandchildren He resided in Salt Lake City, Utah, the remainder of his life.Dr Skousen served the FBI for 16 years 1935 1951 , and worked closely with J Edgar Hoover In 1951 he was asked to join the faculty of Brigham Young University Here he headed up the Student Alumni organization In 1956 he was asked to serve as Chief of Police of Salt Lake City During his 4 year service, he also wrote his national best seller, The Naked Communist He also was the editor of the nations leading police magazine, Law And Order In 1960 he left the police force and began speaking tours around the country on the political crisis during that time period He also ran for the governors office in Utah, but narrowly missed the primaries.In 1967, Dr Skousen returned to BYU as a professor in the Religion Department He taught classes on The Book of Mormon, The Old Testament, and early LDS Church History He continued that assignment until his retirement in 1978.In 1972 Dr Skousen organized a non profit educational foundation, named The Freemen Institute Later changed to The National Center for Constitutional Studies NCCS , Dr Skousen and his staff became the nation s leading organization in teaching seminars on the Founding Fathers and the U.S Constitution His book, The Making of America has been used nation wide to educate students on the original intent of the Founders.His many books and recordings include subjects from raising boys to principles of good government, to prophetic history Listed in this web site are all the books and tapes which are still available today Dr Skousen shares a wealth of knowledge and optimism a diamond dust of exciting history and eternal principles of hope, that calms the sea in today s stormy world of seemingly chaos and uncertainty.Dr Skousen passed away peacefully in his home on January 9, 2006, of natural causes incident to age, just 11 days shy of his ninety third birthday He was lovingly surrounded by his family and wife Jewel, with whom he was anticipating their 70th wedding anniversary in August He will truly be missed by many.. This is the best selling Original Authorized Edition regularly featured by Glenn Beck to Fox TV viewers as a Must Read The nation the Founders built is now in the throes of a political, economic, social, and spiritual crisis that has driven many to an almost frantic search for modern solutions The truth is that the solutions have been available for a long time in theThis is the best selling Original Authorized Edition regularly featured by Glenn Beck to Fox TV viewers as a Must Read The nation the Founders built is now in the throes of a political, economic, social, and spiritual crisis that has driven many to an almost frantic search for modern solutions The truth is that the solutions have been available for a long time in the writings of our Founding Fathers carefully set forth in this timely book.In The 5000 Year Leap A Miracle That Changed the World, Discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about progress than was made in the previous 5000 years These 28 Principles include The Genius of Natural Law, Virtuous and Moral Leaders, Equal Rights Not Equal Things, and Avoiding the Burden of Debt Published by the National Center for Constitut. Bestseller Books The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World For such a small and plainly written book, readers will take away very different messages from The 5,000 Year Leap depending on their already-held beliefs. The author, Cleon Skousen, was an extremely conservative Mormon and a highly vocal critic of communism, as well as a cyclically successful author. My best guess for why this particular book has found success above all of his other books is that he hides his views in the background, creating the illusion of an objective historical textbook. On the back cover, for example, Senator Orrin Hatch is quoted: "It is the kind of stimulating book I should like to see being studied in all our high schools and universities." Skousen's name is left off the cover of this edition as well, and it takes only a few pages to realize that perhaps 40-50% of the text is in blockquotes. Nearly every page includes some quote from a Founding Father, the implication being that no author was even needed for this book--the Founders could speak for themselves, as long as someone took the time to collect their scattered statements into something honest and comprehensive.But this is misleading. The voice of the author is absolutely present, sometimes cleverly bookended by revered and indisputable quotes from Founding Fathers, and sometimes even more subtly in the very choice and limited context of the quotes that were included. But ultimately, any astute reader should realize these techniques--what matters more is the message that is portrayed, not how it is delivered.In terms of the content of the book, it was not as bad as I expected...but then again, I expected horror, pure horror. I'm not a fan of Glenn Beck, who is credited with pulling this book out of obscurity and thrusting it into the national spotlight, but I am, in a sense, an admirer, or at least an interested spectator. His message has attracted millions of followers, and he sparked much of the Tea Party movement that has developed into a huge collection of grassroots activists.As with the Tea Party movement itself, this book turned out to be far less frightening than I previously believed. Its primary message is that we should return to the Founding Fathers to rediscover their insights for what the proper role of government should be. Insofar as it encourages people to read the Constitution and become better acquainted with Enlightenment ideals, I have no objections. Several of the chapters, particularly Part I, detailing the political philosophy of placing the power in the people, are actually quite informative and do a good job explaining fundamentals of libertarianism.Once getting to the main body of the book, major problems arise. The chapters are broken down into the "28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom." This is where the author's socially conservative agenda retreats into hiding behind an endless stream of "appeal to authority" fallacies. There are indeed some subtle and less-than-subtle jabs at homosexuality, atheism/agnosticism, and feminism throughout these chapters. Intellectual violence was committed against several of the primary sources, and other "authorities" that were cited (Blackstone, de Tocqueville, and the Anglo-Saxons) didn't seem historically relevant except for the fact that their quotes or practices fit well with the author's line of argument.That said, the book fell short of horror. The first half was the most problematic; the second, because it was filled with many principles that no one disagrees with (separation of powers, checks & balances, a written Constitution), was easier to swallow. However, there were certain passages that were so shocking that I can only hope they suffered from the limitations of the book's length and could not be adequately explained, such as a chapter fully promoting Manifest Destiny, and another that claims America was misguided to become involved in WWII...The primary value of reading the book is to discover the source material for many of the Tea Party members. It is short, very accessible in its writing style, and laden with cherry-picked quotes that support a consistent argument rather than illuminate the complexity of some of the oldest debates in political philosophy.The most important question the book raises and is left unanswered: Assuming that the quotes selected for the book create an accurate portrait of the sum of thought by the prevailing Founding Fathers (since some ended up being more persuasive and successful than others), then what does that mean for us? What is the evidence that the policies and principles of their time, wherever they differ with those we have now, are superior? Certain moral understandings have developed since their time that are irreconcilable with their beliefs, particularly in our views on race, class, and gender equality.The challenge for us is to find a reasonable compromise with our own history. Without doubt, there is much to revere about this country and the men and the documents that established it. But we must also avoid falling under the tyranny of that history. There are those who say the Constitution is irrelevant and outdated, and those on the other side who believe we need to return to a strict adherence to it and the principles and beliefs of the Founders. As is so often the case, the best path, I believe, is somewhere between those extremes. The correct role of the Constitution should be to protect the inevitable process of social change.Three out of five stars: I recommend it to anyone who is willing to give it a fair, but not uncritical reading.
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    W Cleon Skousen 1913 2006 was a popular teacher, lecturer and author in the United States for over 40 years Born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada on January 20, 1913, Dr Skousen s growing up years were spent in Canada, Mexico, and California.At age 17 he was called to serve a two year, LDS mission to Great Britain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints He later attended college at the San Bernardino Junior College where he was elected Student Body President.With scholarships and encouragements, he left California in 1934 to work as a government aid in Washington DC Later Dr Skousen applied and was hired as an FBI agent.Dr Skousen married his sweetheart, Jewel Pitcher of San Bernardino, California, August 1936 During the past 69 years, they have raised 8 children and are the grandparents of 50 grandchildren and over 69 great grandchildren He resided in Salt Lake City, Utah, the remainder of his life.Dr Skousen served the FBI for 16 years 1935 1951 , and worked closely with J Edgar Hoover In 1951 he was asked to join the faculty of Brigham Young University Here he headed up the Student Alumni organization In 1956 he was asked to serve as Chief of Police of Salt Lake City During his 4 year service, he also wrote his national best seller, The Naked Communist He also was the editor of the nations leading police magazine, Law And Order In 1960 he left the police force and began speaking tours around the country on the political crisis during that time period He also ran for the governors office in Utah, but narrowly missed the primaries.In 1967, Dr Skousen returned to BYU as a professor in the Religion Department He taught classes on The Book of Mormon, The Old Testament, and early LDS Church History He continued that assignment until his retirement in 1978.In 1972 Dr Skousen organized a non profit educational foundation, named The Freemen Institute Later changed to The National Center for Constitutional Studies NCCS , Dr Skousen and his staff became the nation s leading organization in teaching seminars on the Founding Fathers and the U.S Constitution His book, The Making of America has been used nation wide to educate students on the original intent of the Founders.His many books and recordings include subjects from raising boys to principles of good government, to prophetic history Listed in this web site are all the books and tapes which are still available today Dr Skousen shares a wealth of knowledge and optimism a diamond dust of exciting history and eternal principles of hope, that calms the sea in today s stormy world of seemingly chaos and uncertainty.Dr Skousen passed away peacefully in his home on January 9, 2006, of natural causes incident to age, just 11 days shy of his ninety third birthday He was lovingly surrounded by his family and wife Jewel, with whom he was anticipating their 70th wedding anniversary in August He will truly be missed by many.

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  • For such a small and plainly written book, readers will take away very different messages from The 5,000 Year Leap depending on their already held beliefs The author, Cleon Skousen, was an extremely conservative Mormon and a highly vocal critic of communism, as well as a cyclically successful author My best guess for why this particular book has found success above all of his other books is that he hides his views in the background, creating the illusion of an objective historical textbook On th [...]


  • Should be required reading for every American A great place to start your study of the ideas of our nation s founders This was an eye opening introduction to what went into creating our government system I am all the convinced that those who think the founders ideas are quaint and outdated have not done nearly the research that the founders themselves did It has been said that we should not try to do what great men did but instead strive to see what they saw The 5000 Year Leap does a powerful j [...]


  • To be honest, I read this to confirm to myself that is was as bad as I thought it would be, and I just like to see what Glenn Beck folks are reading these days The book is basically strung together quotes from founding fathers and HEAVILY from de Tocqueville supporting some principles that Skousen claims are the foundation of our nation The conclusions are unwarranted and sweeping I chuckled over one section heading European philosophers were wrong I think books like this are a little dangerous [...]


  • I picked up this book because I ve seen it on the bestseller list for months, and was just wondering what Glenn Beck and the Tea Party like about it It was written in 1981 by Cleon Skousen and at first glance seems rather commonsensical The premise is that America has been a very successful and prosperous country for its first 200 years so much so that it has achieved as much in those 200 years as humankind had achieved in the previous 5000 years A 5000 year leap A bit hyperbolic, perhaps, but p [...]


  • worst book ever seriously academically and logically flawed from cover to cover, miserably written, and extra creepy when you realize it s just mormonism for the masses sorry, mormonsn t get me wrong I loathe and resent all religionsbut joseph smith was flippin whacked And so is this book.


  • This is another hard book to rate It s well written and really easy to read, which is saying a lot for a book on government Quite honestly, when Skousen was talking about the absurdity of our partisan concept of the left right divide and the problem solving vs the conservation wing of government, this was going high three, maybe even low four for me The difficulty arose when he actually started teaching history He clearly had done his homework and knew a lot of things that I knew nothing about, [...]


  • This book is soooo good It s awesome because it gives you insights on many of the founding fathers opinions while at the same time answering so many questions that arise today Such as, is the Constitution outdated In the back of my mind I knew it wasn t, but I couldn t have explained why until I read this book The Constitution deals with principles, wich are timeless It also deals with human nature, and though our way of living may have changed, our nature never will Another question is, Should [...]


  • I believe this book is fundamental We should all be involved in the community and in our country This book lays out basic true principals believed in by the founding fathers on which we should base our decisions in government.



  • Have you ever wondered the true definition of Separation of Church and State What about wondering what the Founding Fathers thought about the role of the Creator and what Man s Unalienable Rights are This book does a wonderful job in explaining the remarkable origins and ideas that helped forge this great nation Last Christmas, I was doing some last minute shopping and saw this book in an art gallery It looked very interesting to me so I picked it up to give to my husband as a present I love how [...]


  • Wow I want to sent this book to every elected official and every citizen for that matter in the country And I m only on page 20 This book discusses what it takes for a people to stay free We have strayed so far from where the Founding Fathers started I can t wait to wade deeper in.I returned to library about 1 2 read It has a lot of great information, but there is a lot to assimilate I need to buy it so I can take my time to digest each of the principles of freedom and make them a part of me.


  • Just read this book again October 2009 This time I presented principles 11 28 over 6 hours with a youth group Great learning experience for me This is a book all Americans need to read And I hope would appreciate.For me, this is the planting of a seed and the swelling of that seed which will grow, with proper nourishment into a patriotic tree with fruit of freedom and liberty.These 28 points ring true to me Can you tell I hope they ring true to you as well.


  • I m sick I didn t sell this for my book group It would have been an amazing discussion I felt like this was a very important book Glenn Beck said every American should read this book and I completely agree Being a novice with all things governmental, I felt like I got a great overview to the constitution and its overall importance The principles discussed are losing ground and it is scary I think I like John Adams and as I learn about his vision for our country He really knew what he was doing [...]


  • The 5000 Year Leap is a profound piece of work on the 28 principles on which this nation was founded Skousen uses the direct words of the founders and others of that time to lay out how the founders structured the constitution and this country He does not use quotes to back up his ideas but lets these quotes from the great men of our nation s beginning state their own ideas and backs them up with brief explanations of his own I was astounded by the prophetic nature of their words Much of what th [...]


  • A male friend of mine did a book group at a local library on this book, which intrigued me because 1 he s male and that s usually female territory, and 2 this friend doesn t read a lot.I liked the opening part of the book, before he got to the 28 Great Ideas More of the history Which was cool The 28 Great Ideas behind the Constitution, though, are sort of just his cover for teaching about God and how we need to make sure He s the center of our politics I m religious, but I personally think that [...]


  • I m half way through this and wish that we had used this as a text in my Junior history class in high school Everyone should read this and become reacquainted with the principles of the Republic and why we were so forutnate that our Founders established the government this way Benjamin Franklin, when asked what type of Government they had set up responded, We have given you a Republic madam if you can keep it I hope many people will educate themselves on the genius of the Republic and realize w [...]


  • This book was painful to read during the debt ceiling fiasco and USA credit downgrade of the summer of 2011, particularly when a later chapter s title is The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest 27th Principle It was kind of like taking a medicine that tastes bad, and the best way for me to get through it was to read one chapter a day.Don t be discouraged by the emotional hype of the Glenn Beck prologue, which is Beck s usual, I learned I know everything, and it [...]


  • September final word This book is supremely frustrating I enjoyed reading some of the later principles and agreed with much of the overall idea, but Skousen continually packages political revisionist history as objective truth and cannot be trusted His overall thesis that these principles were universally agreed upon by all of the Founding Fathers is false He gives no context to his sources or quotes, and treats modern commentators and past memoir writers like de Toqueville as credible philosoph [...]


  • The 5,000 Year Leap By W Cleon SkousenThis remarkable book covers much forgotten or neglected history of our nation s founding, including the Godly and moral principles on which America began.Some of these principles trace back to the ancient Anglo Saxons, who considered themselves a commonwealth of free men and had a tradition of being highly involved in local government Our Founders realized the similarities between Anglo Saxon laws and those governing Israel during Biblical times They also su [...]


  • If you believe in the principles of freedom that America stands for than you will appreciate this book I know that because of human nature there is no perfect society and that men are fallible That is exactly what the founders believed also So they did their best to set up a system of laws and government to try to put in check the evil designs of men and the weakness s of human nature We have faltered much along the way, not because of the weakness of the constitution but because of the weakness [...]


  • Okay, I gave it a fair shot I got through a little over 100 pages of it and had to restrain myself from shouting out loud almost the entire time I picked up this book for two reasons First, back when I was a Glenn Beck fan, he used to rave about the principles espoused in this book and how we need to get back to them to make America great again Also, after reading A People s History of the United States I figured I should give a fair shot to a book with a less cynical and forgiving view of our [...]


  • When I first flipped through this book and read the title of each of the 28 principles, I essentially agreed with each principle as stated and as I read, I did find some insights interesting But, I found serious fault with the book s central premise, that the Founding Fathers the author uses the term as a single entity had very specific ideas concerning government and all those ideas apply in today s world The Founding Fathers were diverse group of individuals that had very different opinions on [...]


  • Absolutely essential reading With all the rewriting of history that has been going on since the Social Gospel of the late 1800 s became the Progressive movement, a clear outline of the principles that the founders used in the formation of our government has been needed This book shines a light on the path that we are on now and how lost we have become All the sophomoric doublespeak that has become the language of the MSM and political hacks is now exposed for what it is a lie Principles, such as [...]


  • This is a book that is not Republican or Democrat Rather is it about how our Found Fathers incorporated what they did into our formation as a country and into our constitution It goes back to Cicero and others of that philosopical genre Those who founded this nation were not kings or men of great wealth for the most part They had worked hard to achieve whatever they had and rejected the entitlement mentality of royalty totally These men believed in God and in HIS gift to us of not only HIS son, [...]


  • A must read for every American The book describes 28 of our founding principles and how they helped our forbears create the most prosperous and free civilization in the history of the world The book perfectly illustrates the efficacy of the American philosophy by illustrating how little science, technology, and industry had changed in the 5,000 years prior to America s discovery, and how virtually every facet of human ingenuity and creativity exploded exponentially once the founding principals b [...]


  • The Center for Constitutional Studies has really been pushing for every American to read this book It s been kind of a controversial book some people really pushing for it to be included in public school curriculum, others pushing hard to have it banned Anyway, it explores the fundamental principles that our nation was founded on, and how those principles let to advancement in 150 years than had been accomplished in the 5000 years previously I thought it was wonderful so clear and concise It re [...]


  • I was amazed at the insight of the founding fathers into the future having no belief in crystal balls I m convienced of divine guidance in the creation of this country s founding documents Recommended for all whom are concerned about it s direction.


  • Before you can be guided by this book, you must already believe it s core tenets Basic Law Laissez faire attitudes Judeo Christian Believers Freedom.The 5000 Year Leap is a type of Founding Father s Quotes for Dummies a simplified political science book While I agreed with nearly every principle contained herein, there were statements Mr Skousen made here and there delivered as pure fact, without basis or reference, which he assumed would just be accepted as truth by the reader Every principle i [...]


  • Well, it wasn t what I thought it was I was really hesitant because Skousen is known to be a little bit crazy and out there with some religious ideas But I was curious, so I picked this up Some parts were fascinating Other parts bored me to tears Much of his argument makes sense and is in line with what I believe I have been reading a lot about the founding fathers and what they actually wrote said We have strayed far from that and Skousen makes that clear I appreciate that he quotes the fathers [...]


  • Subtitled Principles of Freedom 101One of the best books I have ever read on our Founding Fathers, exactly which basic principles and ideas our country was originally intended to be formed around It discusses the Founder s task of structuring a government with all the power in the people, People s Law and Ruler s Law.The 28 basic principles include Natural Law, the role of religion and the role of the Creator, equal rights, not equal things, unalienable rights, property rights, free market econo [...]


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