The Naked Communist was a best seller in the early s, selling thanmillion 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 of Communism is graphically told We believe this to be the most vivid and comprehensive book on the subject ever published It contains a distillation of than a hundred books and treatises on Communism, many written by Marxist authors We see the Communist the way he sees himself stripped of propaganda and pretense Hence the title, The Naked Communist Here is explained Communism s amazing appeal, its history, and its basic and unchanging concepts even its secret time table of conquest Vital questions are clearly answered Who gave Russia the A bomb How did the FBI fight the battle of the underground Why did the West losemillion allies after World War II What really happened in Korea What is Communism s great secret weapon Is there an answer to Communism What lies ahead


10 thoughts on “The Naked Communist

  1. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    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 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 his own personal issues but bringing them up as dispute against his writing on socialism is petty, especially considering that the communism that came into being wasn t even the kind from Marx s writings Marx said that a country would only get to that point after reaching a certain point as a capitalistic society, which no offense none of those countries were at I understand that this was written during the height of communism and yes Mao, Lenin, and Stalin are heinous but this was a totally unfair representation of the problem Many people in the US have also used their positions of power as a mean to enrich themselves as well Lying to your constituents to get what you want wasn t just a communist thing There was no subtlety involved in showing why this might appeal to people at all, just pages and pages about how communism is a tool to manipulate the masses The ironically he went and used religion to help enforce his argument The works sited by the author were pretty sparse as well and he clearly cherry picked to serve his own purpose


  2. Aaron Meyer Aaron Meyer says:

    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 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 to nearly destroy America considering how infiltrated our society and government has been since the russian revolution took place When you read this book and you will find out just how far America has succumbed to the plans of the communists, it is truly sad Our forefathers must be rolling in their graves But, with this book in hand, no matter how dated its action plans for people are, you will begin to be able to spot the infiltration very easily for yourself and perhaps even do something about it


  3. Janna Janna says:

    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 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 rights, protection of life, and eliminate free choice and demonize individualism or any expression of free thought They don t want to tolerate any opposition to their dogma they want to destroy the opposition The Communists were responsible for at least 30 MILLION deaths in the 20th Century It would seem obvious to an intelligent person that any methods and ideas of that Communist world view, and the prerequisite world view of Socialsim, would cause misery, suffering and death So like poison, free peoples would shun it Reject it Defeat it In our 2010 elections, we too should shun them, reject them and defeat them And we will


  4. Kelly Kelly says:

    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 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 the same time, rocked to the core by the agendas used with a battering ram in those days Now, those wishing to implement communism have taken a back door approach and it is terrifying to see the progress they have made and the complacency of currently living generations This makes you all too aware of the boiled frog parabola America is Believe me, farfrightening a read than any Stephen King novel


  5. Gator Gator says:

    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 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 are certainly surrounded by all the dangers that Skousen was warning about in 1958, his warnings were not heeded Let me show you some reasons why you should read this book, Americans Europeans in particular need a major refresher course on Communism Socialism Skousen goes over some of the 45 stated goals of communist here is number 15 Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States Democratic Party AOC, Bernie, California 17 Get Control of the schools Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda Soften the Curriculum Get Control of Teachers associations Put the party line in textbooks Redfored, sound familiar 25 Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV Enough said there 36 Infiltrate and gain control ofunions Don t most unions vote Democrat YES 40 Discredit the family as an institution Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce 42 Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American Tradition that students and special interest groups should rise up and use united force to solve economic, political or social problems plenty of these types around these days, Skousen was warning about communist and now in 2019 Anarcho Communist march around all major cities looking to Bash the fash I highly recommend getting the book just for the list of 45 he compiled, its Prophetic He goes on to write what can the ordinary individual can do, here is a sample of what he says The war between freedom and slavery is not just a fight to be waged by congressmen, the President, soldiers and diplomats Fighting communism, socialism and the subversion of constitutional government is everybody s job He gives advise to parents, here on his list I present 1 Stay close to your children to make sure they are being trained to think like Washington and Lincoln, not like Marx and Lenin Schools across the west now praise these two and pump out Marxist Leninist like its their job, meanwhile they now condemn the likes of Washington and Lincoln Skousen goes on to give advice to Students, Legislators, Ministers, Parents. Here is some suggestions he gives to students 3 When you run across dedicated Socialist, remember that the only difference between a Socialist and a Communist is in the method of takeover The desire to seize monolithic control of society is the same in both Sometimes people forget that USSR stands for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Some people count Socialism good and Communism bad In reality the two are twins YIKES The two are twins he says and indeed he is correct I absolutely love this book, it oozes Patriotism, Americanism, Anti Communism and Anti Socialism and it is really NEEDED these days Skousens message came across loud and clear and it was a true breath of fresh air even though it was written in 1958 it feels just as pertinent reading it now Get to the book store or on eBay and get yourself The Naked Communist and you will be glad you did America needs patriots and this book is essential in that fight God Bless you and May God continue to bless the United States of America RIP Patriot Skousen


  6. Lee Lee says:

    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 peoplemight 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 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 peoplemight 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 this 378 page book of degenerate literature He argues for intelligent design in the universe Richard Dawkins anyone , he argues for Judaic Christian morals Jainism anyone or no morals at all, nothing in between He writes The very foundation of science is the recognition of an intelligent designer who used the principles which we ourselves can discover and use Anyways, I m not here to defend the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin or Mao I don t consider myself a Marxist, however the man did have some valid points The beginning of the book starts out just bashing Marx and his family, giving a very short poor excuse for a biography of the philosopher I m all for constructive criticism but the things Skousen writes are absurd Early in the book the author refers to a very eloquent letter a 17 year old Marx sent to his family as unveiling deeply sentimental, woman like feelings Wow How freaking outdated is this book Very Later in the book, Skousen writes that one of communism evil goals was to present homosexuality as normal, natural and healthy Another thing that was absurd was the praise the author gives to J Edgar Hoover and the F.B.I decribed as a remarkable administration Well Skosen was with the F.B.I , but Jesus Most disturbing of all was the blantant hypocrisy pouring through his arguments against communism socialism For example, he writes on why the above mentioned is not a legitimate cause or political system because they re based on vicious forces of conquest they use deceit, disregard of laws, violation of treatises, intimidation, subversion and open insurrection as basic tools of conquest ALL of which can be said of the United States since its inception He Goes on to write A conspiracy to overthrow a government by force and violence is therefore criminal in nature Any Organization which promotes such illegal activities should be outlawed In that cause the CIA should be outlawed for the coup d etat in Guatemala in 1954, among other crimes And reasons to justify sanctions to Russia are 1 continuous violations of treaties and convenants 2 repeated violations of international law and 3 vicious subversion and interference in the domestic affairs of other nations Again, all standards procedures for the U.S government Surprisingly enough Skousen was critical of some U.S foreign policy, but to insinuate that the U.S is the vanguard for democracy and justice is a joke It assumes because someone Lenin, Stalin, etc or some organization calls itself socialism or communism that that is what it represents It s only their distorted, warped view of Marxism.This book does nothing to solve anything in the 21st century crisis we face today All it does is create further division both in politics and religion, especially, I imagine, in the late 1950 s It doesn t do justice to clearly and truthfully explain the world and its many problems If you read one book about communism , look elsewhere Or you can read this and other similar books with different viewpoints.As frustrating as this book was to read for me, it is a easy read and well organized, which is why I guess it s has such a high rating And also somewhat entertaining, for that two stars


  7. Chris Schmutz Chris Schmutz says:

    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 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 anti mormon in a small mormon town college were also his to own And I picked up the most grating book I could find and plopped it upright on the desk so that he and everyone for 50 minutes 3 times a week could see what I was silently reading I blew his concentrated dramatic moments a couple times Just By Being There To this day, this experience provides me a gushing quell of endless pleasure


  8. Deanna Deanna says:

    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 Preview a trailer here at 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 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 Preview a trailer here at 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 1960 The only bad thing is that I would love to read the rest of the story, meaning through to the present.This book was extremely eye opening in regard to how communism was spread It was frustrating reading about the lackadaisical attitude of government officials world wide who had blinders on and let the USSR run wild at the close of WWII They never believed that the Russians were really that bad It was also interesting that while the world sat back and watched LDS church leaders like President Benson, J Rueben Clark and David O McKay were declaring from the pulpits for all to realize that communism was seeking to destroy our liberty I wonder how many were listening Is my family listening now Here are some quotes just so you know The paths we are following, if we move forward thereon, will inevitably lead us to socialism or communism, and these two are as like as two peas in a pod in their ultimate effect upon ourlibertiesWe may first observe that communism and socialism which we shall hereafter group together and dub Satanism cannot live with Christianity nor with any religion that postulates a creator J Rueben Clark Deseret News September 25, 1949 During the first half of the twentieth century we have traveled far into the soul destroying land of socialism Pres McKay, Deseret News Oct 18, 1952 The aim and purposewas then and is now world socialism, which communism seeks to achieve through revolution and which socialists seek to achieve through evolution Pres Benson Oct 1961 General ConferenceAnywayMy edition was published in 1961 Here are a sampling of some of the communist goals at that time that I thought were still interesting nearly 50 years later see Witness by Whittaker Chambers also these lists are found from pages 259 262 in the book Capture one or both of the political parties in the US Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights Get control of the schools Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda Soften the curriculum Get control of teachers associations Put the party line in textbooks Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression An American Communist cell was told to eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them censorship and a violation of free speech and free press Break down cultural standards of morality be promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV Present homo sexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as normal, natural, healthy Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on ground that it violates the principle of separation of church and state Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics,etc Discredit the family as an institution Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents Attribute prejudices mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.Okay, so that was only about 1 3 of them I realize there may be some anti communist propaganda involved with this book However, with LDS church leaders crying out against communism I guess that s okay I believe that our nation is in jeopardy of being over ran with socialism Socialism is just another face to communism I believe that it is important to study these things so you can recognize fallacy in the political machines of our age.The reason I read this book was because it was suggested by then President of the Church, David O McKay, during General Conference of Oct 1959 I couldn t find this talk on line, but I did find numerous on line references to the talk Pres McKay gave calling church members to read the book.Here s a link to an article about Skousen writing the book was interesting to learn that Pres Monson was actually involved in the initial publishing of this book


  9. Phillip Phillip says:

    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.


  10. James Miller James Miller says:

    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 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 influence on World War II, its subsequent expansion into Asia, Communism s detailed plan to capture the entire world through revolt and bloodshed, and how the U.S.S.R sent spies into our country Most interesting to me, Skousen publishes the official goals of the Communist leaders Such goals included easy divorces, increased promiscuity, a stigmatism that religion is immature and not fit for professional studies, and for art to become shapeless and meaningless Although this is just a few of Communism s goals, its apparent that they have been achieved despite the fall of the U.S.S.R It s clear that the increased role and expansion of government and progressive politics is the aftertaste of Communist infiltration forever instilled in our country s personality Skousen writes well and clear Although he could not have written of Communism s fall, I found itinteresting to study Communism through the eyes of a man scared for the future, someone who perceived Communism as the aggressive threat it was I would much rather study Communism from the fearful view of the 1960 s than the modern day view of poverty stricken Catholic Cuba and Capitalist embracing China both of which must be keeping Marx rolling in his grave.I highly recommend Skousen s work on Communism We must study Communism so we can recognize when those old Communist idea s come up in politics, media, and from the mouth s our of colleagues and friends We must understand Communism so that we can recognize those ideas for what they are Communist propaganda.If you were like me and thought that Communism was merely a failed economic system, like is often taught, you must read this to understand that Communism posed a threat to everything moral and righteous in the world