The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World

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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 more progress than was made in the previous 5,000 years.
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Overview

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 more progress than was made in the previous 5,000 years.
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"The fight for the soul of our country is real! Every patriotic American, young and old, should read this book!"
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"I beg you to read this book filled with words of wisdom which I can only describe as devinely inspired. You will find answers to questions plaguing America, and most importantly you will find hope. I know I have!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880801485
  • Publisher: National Center for Constitutional Studies
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 337
  • Sales rank: 70,144
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.52 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet 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 served the FBI for 16 years (1935-1951), and worked closely with J. Edgar Hoover including a hot-spot stint as the director of communications. In 1960 he began a speaking tour around the country addressing the important political issues facing America at that time. During this period, he averaged 300 speeches a year.
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 as Chief of Police in Salt Lake City for four years 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.
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.
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.
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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    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 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.

    66 out of 171 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    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: 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!

    54 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Are you intrested in our country - what are we in danger of loosing?

    A fascinating read for every American... See how far we have moved from the direction our founders laid out for our country... this is an easy, interseting read, that will hold your attention. It shows the average American where we should be, what we are in danger of loosing, what will really cause us to loose our country. Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative, we all need to read this book.

    44 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    A factual, must read for those who want to know what our founding fathers based our Constitution on. This book should be incorporated in every High School student's U.S.'s government class.

    A very well researched book that every High School Student in the U.S. should be required to read in their US Government Class before their graduation. I also believe it should be widely read and studied further in depth at the University level. And for those who yearn for this accurate account of U.S. History; that has almost been invalidated by those who have tried to sweep it under the rug, by writing "their versions" of U.S. History.

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Every American should have this book.

    The second best book I have read this year. I wish it could be taught in school.

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2009

    Americans, please read this...!

    The founding fathers understood history and human nature. This book simply elaborates on this fact, and while doing so, causes the reader to come to a solid conclusion about our history and future as a nation. This is a must read for anyone who calls himself/herself an American. Understanding how we have achieved so much as a nation over the past 200 years helps us acknowledge and perserve our liberty today! Reading this book more than once isn't such a bad thing either.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Emotionally thought-provoking; Essential reading for every American

    This book opens up with an explanation of how far the post-United States world has advanced society as opposed to the 5,000 years of civilization that occurred beforehand. It goes on to explain the founding principles that lead to this prosperity and how the founders of this nation struggled and argued to find the perfect balance of Religion, Liberty, Law, and Personal Responsibility so that the nation could triumph. Obviously, they found the perfect balance, which went on to become the United States Constitution and the nation exploded with prosperity. The irony of the book is that you realize as you read it that these principles no longer apply. Our politicians and representatives are no longer "principal led". They find new ways to bind our hands with laws and litigation. They pick our pockets in order to line theirs. Several times while reading this book I became emotional because it clarified how far off America is from the path that was intended by the founders. This should be required reading for all Americans, and HS/College students. If you need an introduction to US History, this book is THE starting place.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2009

    A must read for every American

    This book is a must! We all need to understand our country and how it came to be the most powerful nation of the world. This book is an easy read, containing quotes from our founding fathers. It is scary how far we have moved in the opposite direction from what our fore fathers intended this country to be. It should be required reading for all high school graduates. We need to instill these truths in our youth before our country is lost!

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    Required reading????

    People need to seriously research their titles before reading and especially before giving a review. I find myself cringing everytime i hear someone say this title should be required reading. There is an absolute reason why its not required reading and why it will never be required reading. The only time this should actually be required reading, is when its for a "conservative" book club. This is in no way a historical book purely based on facts. The author, clearly, has his own agenda if you all took the time to do a little research. it's written by the founder of the "national center for constitutional studies" (Conservative think tank), "Cleon Skousen", is a long time conservative, and former adviser for Ronald Reagan, (which is why Ronald Reagan is put in Quotes in the back of the book as saying "this should be required reading"). I have no problem with Conservatives having there say or even their own interpretation on history, but when they so obviously try to rewrite history and present it as fact, rather than an alternative, then it becomes shallow and completely disrespectful to our founding fathers. conservatives have no solutions to any of the real problems that are facing america and the world alike. so instead, a campaign of misinformation and historical attacks have been taking place, in order to stamp the conservative mentality in every aspect of american life and history. This book is just one of many publications that are commited to this mission of historical genocide, ranging from the constitution, presidents, world history, you name it. Please, understand what you are all reading before purchasing and who the author represents.

    12 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Fall in Love with America Again

    I don't know whether "The 5000 Year Leap" should be required reading, but it is most definitely a book that will make one proud of the process and principals our forefathers used to build the constitution of America. Most people think of the U.S. as a Democratic state. This book will explain that is not what was intended. We were meant to be a Republic--there is a substantial difference. If you love the United States, and you want to love it even more, this is one of the best reads you will find.
    I was amazed at how well educated and how very intelligent our founders were. When reading "The 5000 Year Leap", try to set aside your political leanings. Just let the writing allow you to either question and research, or to accept that the United States is the greatest country on earth.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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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 July 14, 2009

    Non-fiction?

    Unbelievable that this book is classed as non-fiction. Just because someone calls it history and inserts quotes of dead presidents, doesn't make it so. Readers need to wake up and read all "history" books with scepticism until proven as such.

    10 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Freedom

    For all who are interested in the history of the Unites States Constitution. What our Founding Fathers intended and where we came from.
    The content was presented very straight forward and understandable. This should be required reading for all high school students.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

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    All Americans Should Read This Book

    I am not an avid book reader ,but this one ,This 5000 Year Leap, I could not put down.The author tells how our founding fathers,took their time and got it right.If this book would have been used back in high school,or college, studying would have been so much easier.This is a must read book,thanks to the author for such a great job.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Read it, then give it to someone else.

    This is a fascinating read. It is filled with quotes and facts, not opinion. This made me take a hard honest look, not only to what our government has become, but what I have become as well. It has inspired me to read more, get involved more, and try to engage more people on the most important issues of our great nation. As soon as I finished it, I could hardly wait to give it to my 18 year old daughter who, I feel, has lost her way. She has already started reading it, and I look forward to many discussions on this material.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

    The 5,000 Year Leap

    I found this to be one of the most provocative books I have read in a very long time. This book explains in very clear and concise language the fundamental thoughts and ideals our Founding Fathers envisioned for our country. It is not "high-brow" reading; it is written in everyday language that everyone can understand and discuss. It is also amazing to read this simultaneously with a copy of the U.S. Constitution and to realize that almost EVERY basic fundamental principle of our Constitution has been or is being violated this very day by our politico and current media organizations. This is a great read for book club discussion.

    8 out of 10 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2009

    Should Be Required Reading For Every Newly-Elected Politician!

    The author does a marvelous job of explaining how the Founders settled upon the timeless principles that went into the Constitution. These principles are timeless because they flow from an all-wise, all-knowing creator, God. The Constitution took years to draft through much debate. It is plain to see that the guiding hand of providence led the way. We would do well to return not only to the principles that have made this country great, but also to the one who made it great.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2009

    Six One, Half Dozen the Other

    I would suggest to anyone intrested in our nation's history or constitutional history that they seek out the works of true constitutional/U.S. History scholars and educators. This man is not one of those things.
    Further, he had a strong political agenda and this work is an extension of that. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleon_Skousen

    These are one man's opinions based on that agenda. Please be informed that there is a reason this is not used in schools. Do not look at it as fact but rather read it for intellectual stimulation or enjoyment but not to learn a history lesson.

    8 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    5000 Leap Year

    I bought this book for my boyfriend. It was a book he had been wanting to read. He has not yet finished reading the book but has loved what he has read so far!!

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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