–Why 1913, the year of his birth, became a special year in Cleon’s drive to achieve political success. “God gave me a mission in life to fight the three political mistakes of 1913!”(See p. 308-309).
–Working with the “ruthless” J. Edgar Hoover during his 16 years with the FBI, plus Skousen’s encounters with gangsters Mickey Cohen, Bugsy Siegel and “Machine Gun” Kelly (49-51, 80-84, 88-90, 270-271).
–A Church leader predicts in the summer of 1939, “There will be war!” which leads to Cleon’s first book, “Prophecy and Modern Times.” (59-60)
–Behind the scenes at the FBI headquarters on the Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941, when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor (73-74).
–Cleon’s scariest assignment: planting a telephone bug in gangster Mickey Cohen’s house in LA. Suddenly, someone yelled, “Shhhh! The FBI!” (81-82).
–Meeting famed “Gone with the Wind” actress Olivia de Havilland and how he used a secret tape to show how she was being duped by a Communist front organization: Her surprising reaction (85-87). This story is worth the price of the book!
–His confrontation with an atheist professor and later a debate with the son of notorious atheist Madalyn O’Hair (38-42, 383-385).
–His courtship of his high-school sweetheart Jewel Pitcher,and the secret to their marriage that lasted 74 years (43-44, 166, 479-480).
–What it was like raising five boys and three girls, and why his faithful wife Jewel should be the co-author of Cleon’s book, So You Want to Raise a Boy (206-209).
–The real reason Skousen was fired as chief of police of Salt Lake City in 1960 (168-169).
–How a Church leader’s public endorsement made The Naked Communist an overnight bestseller, selling over two million copies (153-154, 160-161).
–Cleon’s appearance on nationwide TV at the Hollywood Bowl on October 16, 1961, with John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Senator George Murphy and Ronald Reagan in “Hollywood’s Answer to Communism” (193-198).
–Cleon’s friendship with Hollywood producer Cecil B. DeMilleand his role in the filming of “The Ten Commandments” (136-140).
–Friendships with the Osmonds (373-375, 385), Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (166, 195), Art Linkletter (300-302), Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly (442-443) and economist Milton Friedman (299-300).
–Did Elvis Presley read Cleon’s “First 2,000 Years”?! (351-352).
–His special relationship with Ronald Reagan, and the behind-the-scenes reason why Reagan was forced to add George W. Bush Sr. to the Presidential ticket in 1980 (243-244, 331-332, 380-381, 387).
–How his Freemen Institute helped elect Utah Senator Orrin Hatch; their close friendship (290-292, 308-309, 322-324, 365-367).
–Cleon’s 70-year close relationship with Ezra Taft Benson as Secretary of Agriculture under Eisenhower and later as president of the LDS Church.
–Confessing a weakness for defending controversial figures like Senator Joseph McCarthy (296-297), the John Birch Society(299), Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver (345-351) and Reverend Moon (343-344), and how they all eventually disappointed him.
What Others Are Saying
“Cleon Skousen was a key figure in the emergence of modern conservatism and the Reagan Revolution.” — Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House
“Congratulations for bringing this wise American patriot back to center stage. His book remains a standard bearer for those who believe in the miracle of America.” — Ed Feulner, Heritage Foundation
“It is difficult to overstate how big a name W. Cleon Skousen was when I was growing up in southern California. His books were widely read and his views on history, religion and politics carried considerable weight. This new compilation affords a look into the mind and personality of an author whose influence continues to echo into the 20th century.” — BYU Professor Daniel Peterson
“I say we need a thousand Skousens.” — Eldridge Cleaver, former Black Panther
How to Order the First Edition
We printed up 4,000 copies of the first edition of “There Were Giants in the Land,” and they will sell quickly. It’s available in hardback only and is 544 pages long, with lots of photographs spread throughout the text. Both Jo Ann and I wrote introductions, and an index.
It is beautifully designed and will be a keepsake to be read and re-read. Every page is full of interesting stories and commentaries, all relevant to today’s hot political, economic and cultural issues.
The pub date is this Sunday, Sept. 17, which is Constitution Day. (Cleon would like that.) It is now in stock and available in bookstores and on Amazon. (A Kindle version and audiobook are in the works.)
We offer the best deal. Buy it at a discount at www.skousenbooks.com. It’s priced at only $34.95 postpaid. We pay shipping anywhere in all 50 states. Order your copy today. (They also make a great holiday or birthday gift.)
Good Investing, AEIOU,
Doti-Spogli Endowed Chair of Free Enterprise, Chapman University
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