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The Naked Communist

The Naked Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

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. From the tragic falls of China, Korea, Russia, and the UN, to the fascinating histories of Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, Elizabeth Bentley, and General MacArthur, The Naked Communist lays out the entire graphic story of communism, its past, present, and future.

After searching unsuccessfully for a concise literature on the communist threat, W. Cleon Skousen saw the urgent need for a comprehensive book that could guide the American conversation. So he distilled his FBI experience, decades of research, and more than one hundred communist books and treatises into one clarifying, readable volume that became a touchstone of American values and earned praise from the likes of President Ronald Reagan, Glenn Beck, and Ben Carson. Lauded by one reviewer as “the most powerful book on communism since J. Edgar Hoover’s Masters of Deceit,” this text draws a detailed picture of the communist as he sees himself: stripped of propaganda and pretense. Readers gain a unique insight into the inner workings of communism - its appeal, its history, its basic and unchanging concepts, even its secret timetable of conquest.

Among the many questions The Naked Communist answers are:

* Who gave the United States’ nuclear secrets to the Russians?* How did the FBI fight communism after it was forced underground in 1918?* Why did the West lose 600 million allies after World War II? * What really happened in Korea?* What is communism’s great secret weapon?* What lies ahead?* What can I do to stop communism? * How can we fight communism without a major war?

Now updated for 2017, this edition includes a chapter on the forty-five Communist Goals, detailing how forty-four of those goals have been achieved in the U.S. already, as well as a chapter on the making of The Naked Communist, shedding light on how this book has sold almost two million copies. As relevant now as it was sixty years ago, Skousen’s groundbreaking work provides a renewed understanding of one of the greatest threats facing America today.

©2015 Izzard Ink Publishing, W. Cleon Skousen, Paul B. Skousen (P)2015 Izzard Ink Publishing

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“The Naked Communist lays out the whole progressive plan. It is unbelievable how fast it has been achieved.” - Dr. Ben Carson ( The Sean Hannity Show; May 23, 2014)
“No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism. You will be alarmed, you will be informed, and you’ll be glad you heard him.” - President Ronald Reagan
“I went back and I read The Naked Communist, and at the end of that, Skousen predicted [that] someday soon you won’t be able to find the truth in schools or in libraries or anywhere else because it won’t be in print anymore. So you must collect those books. It’s an idea I read from Cleon Skousen from his book in the 1950s, The Naked Communist, where he talked about [how] someday the history of this country’s going to be lost because it’s going to be hijacked by intellectuals and communists and everything else. And I think we’re there.” - Glenn Beck, host of the nationally syndicated Glenn Beck Radio Program

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Very sobering

Great read! Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in communist history and behind the scenes look at famous communist icons.

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  • Freedom
  • 16-11-15

The History of Communism

What made the experience of listening to The Naked Communist the most enjoyable?

The history of communism was really intriguing. The book plainly lays out the goals for communism.

What other book might you compare The Naked Communist to and why?

The Naked Socialist, which is another book in this series is comparable to this book. The Naked Socialist details socialism just like this book does for communism.

Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

There are not any characters in this non-fiction political book.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That communism is alive today. American's need to become educated and wake up that communism is on our doorstep.

Any additional comments?

This book is the history of communism clearly defined.

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  • Cindy
  • 07-05-19

Excellent! study this book with your children!

every American family should have this book in their library, and should read it together with their children to save future generations from the from the ideologies of antifa, Occupy Wall Street and other socialist and communist fronted groups.

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  • Debra Deschamps
  • 15-07-17

When a-theists stand against Communism and Religion.

The historical perspective of socialism and communism was well done, however this revised version is a travesty of religious propaganda. It's absolutely ridiculous to assume that one must either be a Christian or a communist. There are a great many atheists that do not support communism. It has now become an unnecessary concern that people will not evaluate communism based upon the historical evidence of it's inhumane and destructive agenda simply because the authors so strongly promoted their religious propaganda.

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  • K
  • 17-11-15

History Repeats

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. So much information about communism in is this book.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The simplicity and clarity was the most compelling aspect of the narration.

Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

There is not a character in this book but Mark did a wonderful job.

If you could give The Naked Communist a new subtitle, what would it be?

How the communist are taking over freedom.

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  • Sam
  • 17-11-15

Where is Freedom?

Where does The Naked Communist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is top five non-fiction political book that I have read or listened to.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The facts and how well researched the book is.

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I love Mark. I loved Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham and The Maze Runner. Bassam and the Seven Secret Scrolls was also very well done.

If you could give The Naked Communist a new subtitle, what would it be?

Communism is at our doorstep.

Any additional comments?

All the facts of Communism are in this book. I can see why it has been a best seller and why it is still relevant today.

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  • Inspector
  • 17-11-15

John Galt is Ghost Writer for Skousen

If you could sum up The Naked Communist in three words, what would they be?

Communism: Revealed, Unraveled.

Who was your favorite character and why?

While listening to this book, I felt a profound respect for the author who distilled the complexities and trickeries of Communism into an easy and helpful playbook. My favorite character: The Author.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

He has a uniquely clear all-American wholesomeness to his sound. It is neither an easy task to accumulate and layout such a subject as Communisim, nor is it an easy task to vocally deliver such material, but both W. Cleon Skousen and Mark Deakins deliver superbly. Their product is a masterpiece.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I can't believe the 45 Communist goals were so plainly laid out when this book was first published, and yet their fulfillment continues in force today.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for The Naked Communist, a book which should display prominently on the bookshelf of every American!

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  • Paul
  • 17-11-15

"Must Reading" before the 2016 elections

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've heard about this book for years. Finally, here's a format so I can listen while driving, etc. The book gives a clean description of the reasons that America is in the mess it is in today---and, the way out is therefore more easily seen and understood. It is suitable content for high school and above. Skousen gives history, context, reasons and warnings. Being an old book, some might dismiss it and that would be a mistake. It sounds like it was written for today. Finally, a breath of fresh air regarding America's problems. Now I'm pointed in the right direction to help turn things around.

Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

Deakins performance brings the nonfiction subject matter to a high level of delightful listening, and thereby, greater understanding. I've heard other works by Deakins and I'd recommend this particular book for those not yet familiar with him---you will become a fan.

If you could give The Naked Communist a new subtitle, what would it be?

How to Prevent the Fall of the United States

Any additional comments?

People who believe the Constitution is out of date need to read what happens when documents such as that one, and the Declaration of Independence, are pushed aside for alternative forms of government such as Communism and Socialism. Skousen spells it out clearly and succinctly. People who think they've got these upcoming elections all figured out should first read this book---it will prevent some bad judgments from being made at the ballot box.

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  • Brian
  • 29-06-19

A book that teaches good moral and economic values

A book that teaches good moral and economic values. 4 stars because it didn't wow me. It's worth a read though.

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  • NateGlad
  • 29-05-19

Unbelievably applicable today

This book should be required reading in every history, religious or world affairs class. It is a master class work on the spread of a damning ideology that spread through the world by sometimes unsuspecting actors.
Sadly, the lessons of history are not being studied and applied as socialism, Marxism, and materialism are raising their collective godless head. Please read and teach your children.

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  • David A. Hamel
  • 25-04-19

Outstanding overview of a diabolical political system

Mr. Skousen in this work stands as an exemplar of rational analysis of one of the worlds most destructive and murderous political economic systems. When you look at the scores of millions of people murdered in the name of communism during the 20th century you wonder how this could possibly be. Mr. Skousen provides the answers in a concise and readily digestible fashion. The narration was also very good.