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The Naked Communist

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  409 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
The Naked Communist was a best seller in the early 1960s, selling more than 1.5 million copies. It found its way into the libraries of the CIA, the FBI, the White House, and homes all across America and overseas in Spanish and excerpted in other languages.

In this hard-hitting book an urgent need is finally fulfilled. In one exciting, readable volume, the incredible story
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1960)
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Aug 31, 2016 April rated it it was amazing
Shelves: government
It's fast moving, concise, and informative. The overview of Marx's dissection of the 10 commandments is amazing. Religion dominates the entire tone of the work, creating interesting contrasts between atheism and Christianity. The cover and title make it look like a real downer, but it is surprisingly uplifting. The darker characters and troubling timeline of the system are treated in a way so as to interest the reader rather than scare them. It isn't emotional, nor detached. The reading doesn't ...more
Apr 08, 2010 Janna rated it really liked it
The book was published over 40 years ago, yet it is so relevant today because it parallels the liberal-progressive strategies used in the destruction of our free-enterprise economy. Socialism is on the rise, liberty is in decline in America. The Communists have changed their names over the years, but their intent is the same: destroy liberty, choice, and AMERICA. Whether they're Liberals, Progressives, Socialists, or Communisits, their intent and strategy is to destroy faith in God, property ...more
Aaron Meyer
Nov 18, 2010 Aaron Meyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
An outstanding book which covers the movement from its founders to the 60's. One might think that the book would be outdated or prejudiced considering when it was written but I found it refreshing and informative. Major points in the communist doctrine are presented and rebutted. The history of the major players, although short, were informative and there are many points of history up through the Korean war that were enlightened upon. One would wonder why it took so long for socialism/communism ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Lee rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-politics
This book is, to quote Orwell's 1984, "an attack so exaggerated and perverse that a child should have been able to see through it, and yet just plausible enough to fill one with an alarmed feeling that other people...might be taken by it."

It is interesting and disturbing because this book was for children. The author is a religious fanatic of the mormon faith (yeah mormonism, the glorified cult invented by a charlatan criminal) who spits not only MISinformation, but DISinformation, throughout t
Jul 13, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the most eye-opening books I've ever read. I think my jaw dropped several times while reading. It would be disingenuous to say it is "propaganda" or disdainfully call it alarmist. Not now. Not in this age.

Much as Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged contains disturbing prophecy of the times we are living in, so do Skousen's revelations and history of communism. For a moment, you are transported back into time to see exactly why Americans took a brave stance against communism then and, at th
Chris Schmutz
Dec 01, 2009 Chris Schmutz rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Skousen is a real piece of work - sorry to any of his sane relatives. I read this book while sitting in Kim's ultra Liberal, ultra Socialist/Marxist loving literature professor's class. You've got to take advantage of the opportunities when they come. I didn't have the urge to pick this book up until I found out that I could sit quietly in my wife's class - and discovered how tree hugging granola eating spineless yet venom spewing socialist her professor was. Oh, I forgot - well read and super ...more
Michelle Moses
Aug 27, 2011 Michelle Moses rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Walking away from this book I feel like I have a much clearer idea of what communism is all about and its history. Starting with Karl Marx, Skousen gives a thorough, concise overview of his life and mindset. He also includes a background on Engels. From there he moves into Lenin, transitions nicely into Stalin. Then he gets you into the midst of WWII and Asian developments. He does go into Cuba, though Castro was still in his beginning stages of rule at the time of his writing.

Throughout the bo
Apr 20, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Jan 24, 2011 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Alex and Ken
Recommended to Deanna by: Pres. McKay
UPDATED: I finally found the "updated" version to this in the form of a DVD documentary called "Agenda" by Curtis Bowers. I highly recommend this!!! This threat continues to threaten our destruction. We should read and study this movement!

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I LOVED this book! I took my sweet time reading it and soaked up every word. This book reviews the history of communism from its rise with Marx until
James Miller
Jan 04, 2010 James Miller rated it it was amazing
The Naked Communist is a fantastic comprehensive look at Communism. Written in the 1960's, its dated, but that is what makes it great. Skousen, a former FBI agent and practicing Mormon, wrote this book with a true fear of the danger Communism.

Skousen analyzes the life and philosophy of Marx and Engels. He studies how Communism not only condemns capitalism and private property but also religion and morals, and why it must do so. He examines how Communism first rose to power in Russia, its influen
Jun 02, 2010 D_rolling_kearney rated it it was amazing
I hate politics. And yet, when I saw this on the shelf in my grandmother's garage, I felt something urging me to take it home. I didn't want to, but I did. Then, I put off reading it.

There are not words to describe how glad I am that I read this book. It was around the time Obama was elect- uh, became president My eyes were pried wide open!

Skousen gleans the most important information available to show you exactly WHO and WHAT Communists are. When you understand that, you understand that they ar
Nov 01, 2008 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Every American should read this book. It's a great history of Marx and his movement. Now I know why the Red Scare was such a scare. The Communist party shouldn't be allowed to exist in this country since it's stated purpose it to take away our freedoms as Americans. This isn't freedom of speech, it's treason.

"Final victory can be achieved only on an international scale, and only by the combined efforts of the workers of all countries." Joseph Stalin in "Leninism" Vol 1, p. 170 (Naked Communist
Feb 11, 2011 Ginger rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone and everyone. This book not only gives you a history of communism and Marxism, but it also gives the reader a deep understanding of the Communist goal, to consume the whole of mankind. I think that every American citizen should read this book so as to strengthen their belief in the democratic republic that we call Freedom.
May 30, 2008 Challis rated it really liked it
Recommended to Challis by: Abram
Shelves: instructional
This was incredible. It details all the plans and evil designs of the communist movement. It is horrifying to realize how much they have already achieved and to see how our political correctness and other atheistic acceptances are inviting communism in the front door to the ruin of our wonderful country.
Feb 20, 2012 Phillip rated it did not like it
Ha! I found this piece of 1950s propaganda in the Bartlesville public library during the 1990s. It is pretty jingoistic and a product of its time.
Sep 08, 2009 Samber rated it it was amazing
Can't believe how much we as a country have adopted the Communist philosophy. They are right on target to bring us down if we do not wake up soon and make a stand for freedom.
Feb 12, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it
This should be required reading in our public schools. Revealing.
Jan 03, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Wow. This book gave me a view of history that I somehow didn't get in my schooling. It talks about the history of Communism, from Marx to the 1960's when Communism was still enslaving a third of the human race. A third! I've always viewed that time in history as a witch-hunt of sorts, with people crying, "Communist" instead of witch. But there really were people in high places in free nations who were trying to help the Communist cause. They believed it was for the good of humanity, that they ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Colt rated it it was amazing
Anybody who is familiar with Skousen's work in the Political field would be advised to read this first, before venturing on to the Naked Capitalist. The beginning of the book explains the thought process and creed's if you will, of what a Communist is supposed to believe and follow. Skousen says it best, he wanted to cut through all the Propaganda that has been aimed at the Communist threat and get down to the facts or the Naked truth of it all. He gives some good short but in depth looks at the ...more
Karen Hartshorn
May 03, 2013 Karen Hartshorn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who still want to live in a free society
Shelves: non-fiction, ebooks
wish I had read this earlier and I also wish that those 30 years older than I had read this years before I was born. There is a lot in this book that explains what we see happening in America today and it leaves me kind of scared. I think I need to read the revised version now though. I wonder how Islam figures into the whole picture.

This is an easy to read book that delves into the history of Communism and the people that pushed it. I had no idea of the atrocities that were committed on the Ru
Jun 30, 2009 Bigmg rated it it was amazing
Having read it over 25 years ago, and he had written it about 20 years before that, it is astonishing how little he really knew about how evil and murderous Communism really was.

Reading up on what newly released KGB records reveal, there was a whole lot more people who were murdered, imprisoned, and tortured, by those two governments than he could have ever imagined.

However, despite the fall of Soviet Communism, or at least the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Communism is alive and well and growi
Apr 17, 2011 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Wow. I always knew Communism was bad, but I didn't really understand what the philosophy or values were of Communism. I found this book explained these things to me in a simple way that I could understand and it also showed how Communism has influenced our history. It was fascinating, and scary. What was really scary to me is how so many people, like I was, don't understand Communism and how we accept so many of the Communist ideas as just a part of life. A very eye opening book.
May 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Great overview of world history(I needed that!)It was written in the late 50's so the idea of communist is a bit antiquated, but nonetheless relevant I think. We don't think of communists as evil, but I wonder after reading this if we should rethink that.
Samuel Fisher
Mar 17, 2008 Samuel Fisher rated it it was amazing
If you EVER want to know how to fight communism, if you have EVER had questions about communism, if you have EVER wondered why communism is so bad READ THIS BOOK, SO HELP ME! One of Skousen's best works and a national best seller, it is one of the most cutting analyses I have seen on communism.
Oct 07, 2013 Janie rated it really liked it
I’ve been interested in communism/socialism on a purely inquisitive level for a while. The book was written in the 50s by a retired FBI agent. It gives a history of communism up to that time and the goals set by the communist party to take over the United States. It’s dry reading, dispassionately written, but very clear.

Prof. Skousen does a great job of explaining the roots of communism starting with Marx, Engels, Lenin and then taking you through the ups and downs of the last century. The detai
Jul 10, 2012 Hollie rated it really liked it
I thought it was very historically supported, with good references noted. I learned so much about the history of Russia and the birth of Communism as well as somewhat of the personal histories of the men and women who supported Communism and why. I loved the story of Whittaker Chamber's decision to renounce communism when he realized, as he was looking at his beautiful little girl while she tried to eat at the table, that something as intricate and lovely as this child could not have come about ...more
Jul 31, 2008 Lance rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by family members and neighbors, I probably wouldn't have read this if I hadn't already read quite a few of Skousen's other works. I was not aware of Skousen's affiliation with the FBI before I read this book. I read Hoover's A Study of Communism when I finished. Influential in decisions I made earlier.
Bliss Tew
Sep 12, 2011 Bliss Tew rated it liked it
This book was an introduction to communist influence, methods of deception, ideology, and goals that set me on a path of studying International Socialism and its detrimental effects upon mankind. After reading this, I read the Communist Manifesto to better understand the revolutionary program of destruction of civilized governments planned by the Communists.
Apr 07, 2009 Jason rated it it was amazing
This is the hard facts of communism and socialism- the principles upon which they were founded, the people who began the movements, and the results. This is one of the most important books in history for those who cherish freedom and the individual pursuit of happiness and prosperity.
Dec 02, 2011 Michele rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2012
Could not stop thinking of poor Mrs. Marx. I can't imagine standing by your husband and never leaving him, despite his inability to hold down a job or provide for your family and watching him write a document that essentially destroys families. That poor woman. My heart broke for her.
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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 th
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“Marxist Man could not have come upon the earth at a more illogical time. In an age when technological advances have finally made it feasible to adequately feed, clothe and house the entire human race, Marxist Man stands as a military threat to this peaceful achievement. His sense of insecurity drives him to demand exclusive control of human affairs in a day when nearly all other peoples would like to create a genuine United nations dedicated to world peace and world-wide prosperity. Although man can travel faster than sound and potentially provide frequent, intimate contacts between all cultures and all peoples, Marxist Man insists on creating iron barriers behind which he can secretly work.” 1 likes
“discerning men have described Communism as reversing and negating history. It has turned man against himself. Instead of solving the many complex problems of modern life, Marxism’s negative approach has simply resurrected primitive problems which past generations of struggling humanity had already succeeding in solving.” 1 likes
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