The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World

The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World

by W. Cleon Skousen


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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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ISBN-13: 9780880801485
Publisher: National Center for Constitutional Studies
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Pages: 337
Sales rank: 68,661
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.52(h) x 0.86(d)

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 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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xapis More than 1 year ago
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!
Derf More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second best book I have read this year. I wish it could be taught in school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Dave_Jag More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
shek More than 1 year ago
I encourage anyone that has independent thinking and open mind to read this book and decide for themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
my_trunorth More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
amwilson More than 1 year ago
Reading the actual quotes from our Founders was inspiring and frustrating at the same time. It is clear just how far from the miracle of the Constitutional Convention we have come when you read this book. I'm having a hard time reading it because of my frustration level at where we are now. I long for what our Founders intended and despair that we will ever see it again. If you want to know the real history of our founding, read this book.
Steve58 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have already recommended this book to friends, family, strangers...and even my dentist! The lack of knowledge by most Americans, myself included, about how our country was truly founded is appalling. It is shocking how our history books have changed and deleted the truth about this great country's start. THIS IS A MUST READ...and I'm not even into history! I've already purchased 5 more copies to give to friends and family because we must understand what this great nation was based on to know what it is that we're in danger of losing. READ THIS BOOK!!!
TFC2000 More than 1 year ago
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.
Iben More than 1 year ago
Very well researched and well written. "The 5000 Year Leap" describes the steps that were taken by our Founding Fathers while writing our magnificent Constitution. The logic, reasoning, and discussions used by our Founders for writing each Article, and for creating the original Ammendments, are presented in a clear format. "The 5000 Year Leap" warrents the status of required reading for all high school History/Civics classes. Too much of this information is missing from our current public school ciriculum, and our children are being short-changed when it comes to being taught how our Constitution came about and why we are who we are as US citizens. I highly reccomend "The 5000 Year Leap" to anyone who is interested in understanding why our Constitution was designed and written in the manner that it was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
hikaiuti More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read. Great for middle school students and older. A simple and enlightening look at our founders and the principles they staked their lives on and built our Constitution around. A must read for anyone wanting to understand the uniqueness of our country and the true basis of our Constitution.
Iulievich More than 1 year ago
Do not be put off by reviewers who prefer to launch an ad hominem attacke on the author. You don't have to agree with all of Cleon Skousen's political or religious views in order to find this an outstanding book! I have spent twenty years reading Madison, Hamilton, Jay, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, George Mason, and as many others of the Founders as I could lay my hands on. I have repeatedly read Locke, Montesquieu (more frequently cited by the Founders than Locke), Tocqueville , and Beccaria. I have been a student of Tudor and Stuart England, including the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution so frequently alluded to in political writings of the Founders. I have studied the Supreme Court, particularly under John Marshall and then during the 20th century. By contrast, I began my career as a student and teacher of the French Revolution, the European revolutions of the 19th century, and -- in particular -- the Russian Revolution and the Stalinist period of Soviet history. Enough of that. With all that said, this obscure little book, of which I had never heard until recently, is hands-down the best short summary and introduction to the principles and provisions of the Constitution of the United States that I have ever seen. The opening chapter on the influence of Marcus Tullius Cicero on the political thinking of the Founders is a treasure all by itself! This book may even surpass Justice Story's short volume "A Familiar History of the Constitution of the United States." This is a fresh exposition with the benefit of hindsight over Justice Story to remind us of the perils that the Founder's so presciently designed the Constitution to discourage.
jvan0608 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most historically enlightening books that I have ever read. Many things in this book were never taught in history class in all of my schooling. I think that everyone should read this book. It should be used in middle and highschool and college for American History and possibly for debate classes.
RadioWizard More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading in EVERY school in America, in American History or Civics class. It puts so much in layman's terms, that anyone can grasp the intent of the "Founding Fathers."
hdman More than 1 year ago
I do not consider myself a Republican or a Democrat. I am an American. This book is a superbly written treatise on the general principles by which this country was founded and the thought processes and architecture of how our TRUE government is based. The founding fathers were not aristocrats, lawyers, or theologians. They were farmers and businessmen who held deep moral beliefs in the Creator's principles for mankind and penned them into a document which is indeed timeless. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights is not out of step with the times or out of date as some who would destroy our personal freedoms in the name of social justice would have you believe. Our founders believed and shed blood for our God-endowed right to freedom...not just freedom of speech, but true freedom is the right and OBLIGATION for all men to develop themselves using their God-given talents to the fullest potential without government interference or intervention. This belief translates to property ownership and wealth building based upon self-guidance, discipline, and hard work. This is the true meaning of a "free market system" which rewards those who work diligently and are able to capture their rewards without undue government influence. This philosophy is starkly contrasted by our current system which grows ever bigger and wants an even greater control over every facet of our personal lives and wealth. This is a must read for every American and should be utilized as a text book in the high schools and colleges in this nation. It is historically accurate and written in context with the founding father's beliefs and influences. I cannot say enough about this book!
jollyreader More than 1 year ago
This book is thought provoking. It makes you think about why the Constitution was written, it's original intentions and how far our society has, and continues to drift away. This book provides a wake up call for all US Citizens and reminds us that our freedom and liberty should never be taken for granted. All high school and college aged students should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is basic knowledge everyone should know. It should be read by all, especially The President, Congress and the Supreme Court and it should be taught in schools.