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
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 American conservatives Glenn Beck and 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 June 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Vegső, Roland (2012). The Naked Communist: Cold War Modernism and the Politics of Popular Culture. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780823245581. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Haddock, Sharon. "Beck's backing bumps Skousen book to top". Deseret News. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Forest Glen Durland (March 24, 2003). "Communist Goals (1963)". Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Blumenthal, Max (2009). Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party. Nation Books. p. 331. ISBN 1568583982. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ Wilentz, Sean (October 18, 2010). "Confounding Fathers". The New Yorker. 86 (32): 32. Retrieved June 12, 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 June 12, 2015.