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54 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

A TREASURE OF INFORMATION

I would recommend anyone who is interested at all in the history of our country and where it is headed today to read this book. I bought my most recent copy for my 16 year old niece to read. I believe it is imperative that Americans RELEARN the history of our country: t...
I would recommend anyone who is interested at all in the history of our country and where it is headed today to read this book. I bought my most recent copy for my 16 year old niece to read. I believe it is imperative that Americans RELEARN the history of our country: the service and sacrifices of our Founding Fathers and the principles that are the core of our country are all presented clearly and accurately in THE 5000 YEAR LEAP. Ronald Reagan wanted this book to be required reading for schools in America. Unfortunately, this idea was shot down by a liberal senator.
It SHOULD be read by every high school student. Learn the history of our country or we're going to lose our country.
This is an excellent place to start!

posted by xapis on March 2, 2009

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66 out of 171 people found this review helpful.

Historical Revisionism & Religious (LDS) Apologia

I'm surprised that this book is categorized as "history" instead of "religion" since Skousen's theory is predicated on the notion that religion (Christianity in particular) is the basis of US Government. For those who don't know, as a writer Skousen is an apologist for ...
I'm surprised that this book is categorized as "history" instead of "religion" since Skousen's theory is predicated on the notion that religion (Christianity in particular) is the basis of US Government. For those who don't know, as a writer Skousen is an apologist for the LDS (Mormon) Church--as was his father his father before him: Cleon Skousen, the author of the 1950's radical Right Wing polemic "The Naked Communist," a supporter of Joe McCarthy and the John Birch Society.
The LDS Church preaches that the US Constitution was created by the Founding Father who were laboring under divine inspiration(a notion that John Adams warned AGAINST), that one day "Constitution will hang by a thread" and that just as the United States is about to fall the Elders of the LDS Church (of which Skousen is one) will step forward and save it. This book, while not mentioning LDS doctrine, sets up the foundation for that THEOLOGY through careful historical revisionism and by making giant leaps logically.
For instance: Skousen correctly quotes Roman philosophers and the Founding Fathers in their conviction that for freedom to remain a government's official and citizens must be virtuous.
But then he leaps ahead and asserts that religion (Christianity) is the foundation for virtue and morality. He then leaps ahead and asserts that the existence of God is something that can be taken as objective fact. (At no time did the Founders say that the existence of GOD was self-evident; only that it was self evident that individuals are endowed with rights by "their Creator"--a non-sectarian phrase that could just as well be taken as a reference to nature or biology itself. In fact, Benjamin Franklin inserted the pharse "self-evident" into the Delcaration of Independence in place of phrases which he said "smacked of the pulpit" and religion.)
Skousen asserts (against historical evidence to the contrary) that the US government rested on a religious (Christian) foundation; that belief in a Creator God is essential to the government's survival and the nation's morality. (Interestingly enough, Mormon founder Joseph Smith--in his King Follet Discourse and in the Doctrine & Covenants--taught that the mind of man was NOT created by God; that "God never had the power to create the mind of man" and that "the very idea lessens man in my estimation.")
Skousen asserts that the Isrealites of the Old Testament lived by many of the same principles upon which ths US was founded when in fact the ancient Isrealites lived by NONE of these principles. The ancient Israelites lived by a TRIBAL collectivist ethos and have a theoractic form of government that punished such things as breaking the sabbath and using Yahweh's name with public execution. (The governments of moderm Islamist governments have much more in common with that of Ancient Israel.)
Skousen is merely another voice from the extreme Religious Right, attempting to rewrite US history in order to fit into his particular religious (LDS) paradigm.
If you want an accurate account of what the Founding Fathers REALLY thought regarding religion and religious freedom, I recommend either of the two books below. "Founding Faith" in particular is an excellent book that is pro-religion AND supports the Founder's idea of a totally secular government as the ONLY way to protect religious freedom and support public virtue.

posted by dec0558 on April 22, 2009

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

    Please review this book, not the reviewers

    I encourage anyone that has independent thinking and open mind to read this book and decide for themselves.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    A must read for any political thinker, right, middle or left.

    Detailed discussion of the political foundations set by our founding fathers. Not presented as a what we should do, and where we should go, but as a what every informed voter should know. Whether you accept or appreciate what the founders of the United States stood for and believed, it would behoove you to understand just that. The 5000 Year Leap is written simply, with a somewhat storybook fashion. I could not put it down.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    The Truth Should Prevail.

    With the battle of the liberals and conservatives at an all time high in the history of the United States, the debated controversies should be settled by historical fact and not modern day rhetoric, name calling, and accusations. This book is a good resource to start checking the facts, however, you must be careful because there is some bleeding of the authors beliefs and opinions in the interpretation of the historical events. It goes without saying, further reference study is required to develop a solid foundation to be in position to take on responsible debate.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Enlightening

    At times i found myself board but if i kept reading i was soon back into it. This book is very well researched and i think that had George Bush read this book, he could have been a much more successful president. I learned much more about American history and how the founding fathers started this great nation. After reading this book i obtained a new found respect for our nation and feel that we are slipping from what morals made us the greatest nation on earth. It is now my believe that every school should have this book in their curriculum. students will wine about it but to the very few children that actually read it, they will develop a new found respect and pride in America.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Learn about the philosophy of our founding fathers

    This is a great resource to learn about the philosophy of our founding fathers and how this influenced the documents that are the foundation of our country--the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. I found it disturbing how far we have gotten away from the philosophy of these documents. It is easy to how the troubles our country is having now can be traced back to the abandomnent of the principles that the nation was founded on. My only criticism of this book is it was written in the 1970's and hasn't been updated much since then. The problems we are encountering today are much worse than we saw in the 1970's and I think it could benefit from an update to tie in with more recent events. Overall, I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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