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The Naked Communist: Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  87 reviews
A timely update to the phenomenal national bestseller.

Soon after its quiet release during the height of the Red Scare in 1958, The Naked Communist: Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom exploded in popularity, selling almost two million copies to date and finding its way into the libraries of the CIA, the FBI, the White House, and homes all across the United States. Fro
Published May 9th 2017 by Izzard Ink (first published 1960)
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Pouting Always
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So apparently this book is being reprinted for it's 60th anniversary and netgalley made it available to read and review. I was curious to read it after seeing that it sold so many copies and that the FBI and CIA liked to keep it around their libraries as well. After getting through the introduction of the book though I really wanted to kick myself for picking it up. The author makes such a blatantly one sided argument against communism and uses things out of context to make his point. Marx had h ...more
Aaron Meyer
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An outstanding book which covers the movement from its founders to the 60's. One might think that the book would be outdated or prejudiced considering when it was written but I found it refreshing and informative.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
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rig ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Naked Communist By W. Cleon Skousen is a very special book, here's how we came to know each other . Last year I was at a thrift store and I stumbled upon a documentary titled, Agenda: Grinding America Down (2010), I watched it and was impressed very much. The Film referenced Skousen's book the Naked Communist enough for me to notice and take an interest in reading it, so fast forward to now and I can say in all sincerity this book is a game changer. Here we all are in the year 2019 and we ar ...more
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Schmutz
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 a ...more
James Miller
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Moses
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading in our public schools. Revealing.
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Much more fascinating than I anticipated. I read this because I came across a statement from Ezra T. Benson (former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and great patriot) that he felt every member of the Church (Mormons) should read this I did!

I excepted to learn a lot (which I did!), but I didn't expect to be so pulled into it. I'm still quite surprised in writing this review how much I liked this book! It's so good to better understand the Commun
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 we ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who still want to live in a free society
Shelves: ebooks, non-fiction
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
Brent McGregor
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nicholas Maulucci
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Must read for all patriots. Excellent, relative info even though it was written 50 years ago. Recommended to all American high school students.
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comprehensive and compelling analysis of a communist as an individual and communism as a collective. The author revels the rise of a Marxist man, communism’s founders, the appeal of communism, it’s approach to the solution of world problems, communism in Russia, United States, and Cuba, and the 45 goals of communism today to mention a few detailed areas of research. The author also shows how a people build a free nation as seen in the political philosophy of America’s Founding Fathers. A chapt ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 30, 2008 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.
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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
“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.” 3 likes
“Communist agitators have done everything in their power to fan the flame of artificial class-consciousness in the minds of the workers, but the basic struggle between labor and capital has not been to overthrow capitalism but to get the workers a more equitable share of the fruits of capitalism. For example, during the past twenty years labor has attained a higher status in the United States than ever before. The Communists tried to seize leadership in this reform trend, but the more the workers earned the more independent they became—not only by asserting their rights in relation to their employers but also in discharging the Communist agitators from labor union leadership.” 2 likes
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