The Naked Communist

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The Naked Communist
The Naked Communist.jpg
Author W. Cleon Skousen
Illustrator Arnold Friberg
Cover artist Izzard Ink Publishing
Country United States
Language English
Subject Communism and Socialism
Genre Non-fiction
Published 1958, 2014 (Izzard Ink Publishing)
Pages 398
ISBN 978-1630720797
335.4 22
LC Class HX44 .S5585 2009

The Naked Communist is a 1958 book by an ex FBI agent, United States author and political theorist W. Cleon Skousen.[1][2] The book has been reprinted several times, the most recent of which was a 2014 printing through Izzard Ink Publishing, and has sold more than 1 million copies.[3]


The author posits a geopolitical strategy by which the Marxist–Leninist Soviet Union was attempting to overcome and control all the governments of the world that were not members of the Communist bloc.[4]


Max Blumenthal heavily criticized the book in his 2009 book Republican Gomorrah, where he dismissed it as a "right-peddling conspiracy tract".[5] In contrast, the book has been highly praised by Glenn Beck and American neurosurgeon Ben Carson,[6] the latter of whom stated that “The Naked Communist lays out the whole progressive plan. It is unbelievable how fast it has been achieved.”[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Umbr(a): The Object. The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture. 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Vegső, Roland (2012). The Naked Communist: Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780823245581. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Haddock, Sharon. "Beck's backing bumps Skousen book to top". Deseret News. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Forest Glen Durland (2003-03-24). "Communist Goals (1963)". Retrieved 2014-12-13. 
  5. ^ Blumenthal, Max (2009). Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party. Nation Books. p. 331. ISBN 1568583982. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Wilentz, Sean (October 18, 2010). "Confounding Fathers". The New Yorker 86 (32): 32. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Kelly File with Ben Carson". The Kelly File with Ben Carson. YouTube. 
  8. ^ "Urban Faith The Naked Communist". Urban Faith The Naked Communist. Urban Faith. 
  9. ^ Mattingly, Phil. "Ben Carson's Longshot Presidential Bid Suddenly Looks a Lot More Realistic". Bloomberg. Retrieved 12 June 2015.