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The Cleansing of America

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Dr. W. Cleon Skousen spent the majority of his life researching the gospel, the U.S. Constitution, the founding of America and writing numerous books and articles on the topic. He is also one of the most well-known, respected defenders of America and the gospel the world has ever known. At the time of his passing in 2006, his work was not yet finished. His book The Cleansi ...more
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Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fascinating, although I believe many parts are just conjecture. The cleansing of America section in the beginning is frightening and abrupt without much of a preface. The rest talks about the events leading up to and during the millenium. Skousen takes a very literal spin on the scriptures accounting the last days, which is interesting to consider. I liked his exploraiont of ideas on how Zion, the society will be formed, and how the government should be run, along with how the law ...more
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was extremely enthralling. The author did a magnificent job compiling quotes, scriptures, modern, future, and past topics pertaining to America into a short book. There was so much to understand I didn't catch it all and know that I'll probably have to read it again for that reason.
Jeff Stockett
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religous
The objective of this book is to highlight how to prepare for the second coming of our Savior. It highlights some of the events leading up to the second coming as well as some of the aspects of the zion society that will exist after the second coming.

I like the idea of this book a lot. I love to study prophecy of the end times. My only concern with this book is that, while the topics are well researched, there seems to be a lot of speculation by the author. In a few places it is hard to tell wha
Don Stanton
Jan 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not really sure how to best describe this book. It is a collection of notes, speeches and various recordings. This book was put together posthumously by Mr. Skousen and then published. The family made a ‘disclaimer’ in the introduction indicating that they had gathered all of this material and put it together as they believed that he, Mr. Skousen, would have and also noted that ‘the family’ filled in some gaps on their own as Mr. Skousen most likely would have done himself if he were alive.

Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cleon Skousen both scared the snot out of me and gave me hope. I have been very concerned with the direction of the United States for some time as our culture has degenerated and our leaders (in many walks of life) have become increasingly corrupt. I suspected that it would not end well.

Mr. Skousen makes the case that it will get very ugly for the wicked but then there will be a purge--a cleansing beginning with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who have not kept their c
I have enjoyed many of Skousen's books to some degree or another. This one is not one of my favorites. I thought I would find it more interesting, and unlike many people leaving reviews I did not like the first half of the book and felt like it was too strange for me. For some reason I do not believe in isolationism, and I don't think God expects us to be isolated, at least not to the degree mentioned in this book. I'm not sure it is doctrine and this is the first book I have read by an LDS auth ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I disagree with much of what the author has written. This felt like a Gospel Doctrine class discussion that has gone terribly astray. I kept thinking, "This feels like the philosophy of a man mingled with scripture." I pretty much quit reading seriously after the part about the Ten Tribes being in outer space. I scanned rest. Some of the ideas about how the Zion cities will operate were interesting. However, the author presents the information as though it is gospel truth, and that bothers me. I ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Giving this book a low rating does not reflect my enjoyment of the book, but rather, the content. I actually enjoyed reading Skousen's ode to Armageddon. While it lacks substance -- making overly simplistic claims without support or much in the way of explanation -- it's also a freak-show train-wreck. And who doesn't love a freak-show train-wreck? Though, I must admit that I am made nervous by the number of people who like this book and even actually believe the BS contained within it.

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Wendy Woehl
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
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May 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I wonder if Skousen would be happy with the way this book was published. It seems very unpolished. The end notes are in all different forms (which supports the idea that the chapters are other bits that he put together). I really wanted to like this book (because I really liked The 5,000 Year Leap, but as I looked up a lot of the scriptures, quotes for Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and a talk given by Boyd K. Packer, I discovered several I felt were taken a little out of context, or at ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it very interesting. I took it with a calm mind and with the idea/question "am I following the brethren?" So I didn't react or feel alarmed at how the world is going to end according to this book. I felt good about my preparedness and learned some new things. I also read some things that I don't necessarily agree or disagree with. The 12 tribes return for instance - I just know they are lost and will come back. I don't know how they'll come back and figure if I'm supposed to know, then I ...more
Brenda Cregor
W. Cleon Skousen sounds like a Star Trek character's name, but in fact he is one of the greatest "scriptorians" of the past century.

My low rating of this book has less to do with the content and more to do with the way the content was presented.

In addition, the title was a bit misleading, since Skousen spent most of the book focusing on how a "Zion Society" might be set up on the North American continent, after the "cleansing" (this idea, by the way, would make a really scary Hollywood movie),
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow - you better not read this if you are the type that cannot handle the bad and the ugly of what's going to very likely happen just prior to the Second Coming of our Savior. However, I love to read stuff like this. This book tells us about America's destiny as we approach "the end of the world", all based and quoted from the Holy Scriptures and quotes from prophets. It shows the almost-demise of the U.S. and yet the glory that will enfold it once the Millennium is here and Christ reigns upon t ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have heard of Cleon Skousen my whole life, but this is the first book I have read of his. It was recommended to me by my husband, who heard about it from his parents. It is thought provoking to read his chapters, written almost as a textbook, with questions at the end of each chapter to see how well I was paying attention. I am very good at reading something and - in this case - forgetting details even by the end of the chapter. I take this as a challenge to pay more attention when I read, esp ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book by Skousen I have read a few of his books and my parents were friends of his. As a person I have a lot of respect for him and so going into this book I had some very high expectations. I had read many other Latter-Day prophecy books and wondered what he would have to add to the subject.
His take on referencing information is one that many latter day saints may not agree with but I thought added to this book: he is willing to consider all information from many sources and
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-scholar
A fascinating look at how all the "last days" prophecies could come together into a cohesive narrative. I liked that the author didn't try to extrapolate more meaning than there is to be found in the original texts but he did have an original idea of the sequence of events. He starts with events culminating in the complete collapse of the United States government and continues through the battle of Armageddon. He doesn't spend a lot of time on the events leading up to the collapse which no one c ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
W. Cleon Skousen uses scriptures and statements by leaders of the LDS Church to illustrate his interpretation of what will shortly happen to the world. I listened to the audio book, so I haven’t had a chance to look at all of the sources he cites, but it is interesting, for sure!

Skousen was a professor at Brigham Young University and scholar whose studies in Israel were legendary, so this is the culmination of a lifetime of his research. I don’t know whether everything he states will come to pas
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Ever wonder what we need to do to get to the celestial kingdom read this book and apply its principals. Dr. Cleon Skousen spent his life researching. At the time of his passing his work was not completed. This book is now being brought forth by his family.

Included are winding up scenes the events and stages the Lord has predicted through his servants.
They will help explain the nature of prophecy, chronology of events, and importance of staying close to Lord, and His prophets during the dif
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
I enjoy a book outlining scriptures in an orderly fashion for a particular topic. The book has a lot of that. His ideas about the last days are interesting, and some of his interpretations were different, which gave me something to think about. Beyond that, there was a bit of history relating to our founding fathers and their views. I also enjoyed that. And finally, there was a good bit about how to live to be worthy when the Savior returns to the earth. Sometimes we think we know how it is goin ...more
Mark Blackham
Very eye-opening book on the current state of affairs with our society and how we've gotten on the road we are on. It paints a bleak outlook for most in our society, while those who choose the "higher road" will be blessed. Sad on one hand and hopeful and amazing on the other. We're in for a rough ride and it will be interesting to see the handy work of God!!!

There are several eyebrow-raising doctrinal statements in the book that are NOT referenced. If these are opinions or suppositions, they sh
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I marked this book as "It was amazing" because it truly was. It wasn't so much that the writing or the style were out of the ordinary, but the information that was presented truly was amazing. Cleon Skousen brings information to the table that so few understand, and he does it in a way that left me spellbound, awestruck, and wanting more understanding altogether on the topic.

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Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-government
This book is a great easy read and I recommend it to anyone who is depressed or discouraged whenever they think of the last days and all the events leading up to the Second Coming.

W. Cleon Skousen wrote this book in 1996 (I think) but it just came out this year. It basically talks about how the law of consecration works and how it will work in the last days. I learned a lot by reading this book and I feel much more at peace with the future because of it. I highly recommend it to anyone who is wo
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
I learned a lot and not just about the final days as laid out by John the Revelator. The principle of Justification has eluded me. I could probably write a paper on it and get an A but I don't think I really comprehended how it works and through one simple analogy the light finally went on.

Other parts of the book were more interesting than gospel but I liked Skousen's interpretation of a Zion society. He is very thorough and there are tons of scriptures to back him up. It left me wanting to be
Brandon Burrup
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not for the faint of heart! This is more of a book for LDS Church members who are interested in the signs of the second coming and some of the prophecies about what is going to happen beforehand. Not about "how to cleanse America" rather about "how the Lord is going to kill everyone in America eventually, including you unless you get your act together". Oh and did I mention this is NOT a book about political science?
Rex Cluff
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good summary of the fate of America in the last days according to revelation, both old and new. He said a couple of things which confirmed what I had already believed and said one thing that was a surprise to me. Upon further reflection, the idea isn't as far fetched as I originally thought. The proof will be in the fulfillment because we will not know for sure until it actually happens. What I am referring to is the return of the Ten Tribes. Where are they and where will they come from?
Kristi Saunders
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! It is written by the author of the 5,000 Year Leap, another excellent book. It really helped explain what the author thought would happen in the last days. Some of it was scary, of course, but for the most part is was encouraging that the Lord has a plan and we will be OK if we rely on Him. I liked how it explained how the Zion cities would be set up. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the last days (which should be all of us!) :)
Jesse Schexnayder
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clarified much of the events of Revelation for me as well as the Doctrine and Covenants, and presents a vision of hope and peace in the tribulations to come. America's destiny will not be determined by the "Gentile culture", though its not of any use to inform them of this.

The format of the book is a little jarring, meaning it doesn't exactly flow from one chapter to the next. However, it serves well for referencing this material in future discussions.
K.R. Patterson
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love "signs of the times" stuff, and this book gave me more detailed information about such things than any book ever has before. Not sure how the dude got all this info but, whatever. It was cool to read and imagine. (Cool and scary). The first half of the book is better than the last half, which deals more with the law of consecration and how that will work--in detail--and that part was a bit boring.
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting! Maybe I should have given this a five, but in some parts I wanted more back-up information; more depth and scriptures quoted. On the other hand, being a fast, easy read may lead Skousen's readers to study on their own, reading the scriptures about the last days again, in context. I certainly will. We truly live in a remarkable time with many miraculous events ahead of us. This book reminds us of the reasons we have to prepare - and to hope.
Benjamin Taylor
Fundamental and simple, but Profound

this book was more simplified than I expected in terms of concepts it addressed for the structure of the government that will exist after the collapse of the current government system and the events that the scriptures describe in leading to the building of the New Jerusalem. I was grateful to find this book as I consider it a source that will help me prepare my family spiritually as well as temporally for what the future holds.
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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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