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The Cleansing of America
It's very good, but not a book deep in analysis. Skousen, by this time had written loads of books on this subject. This was a book of statements and conclusions, and really can only make sense if you've read his other books. Stand alone? Not good. In conjunction with his other works? Very good.
Terrible scholarshipCleon Skousen was prone to several serious flaws. 1. He decided before he began what his conclusions were going to be. He then cherry-picked only those quotes that supported his beliefs. 2. A lot of his sources are proof texts. This means that he selects passages that SEEM to support his conclusions, but when put back into their original context you find that they do not mean what he claims, and are often entirely unrelated. And 3. his writings are filled with logical fallacies that hide huge leaps in logic and unsupported conclusions. Too many LDS people seem to get sucked into this guy's irresponsible thinking because he is a member. If you are going to read anything by Skousen make sure that you read all of his quotes in their original souces and not take anything he says for granted.
Buckle Your Seatbelts on this one!This was unexpectedly not what I expected. From the author's history, I expected something similar to The 5,000 Year Leap: something political, Constitutional, historical, and patriotic. From the cover, I definitely expected such.
Inside, I found what I call a "signs of the times" book. "The Cleansing of America" takes a look at both Biblical prophecies, as well as prophecies of modern-day prophets. This is clearly a book intended for an LDS audience, although a non-LDS reader would equally enjoy it, so long as they understood the beliefs of Latter-day Saints. It is dictated by the belief that modern-day prophets help us understand the older prophecies, and Skousen thereby interprets both prophecies and draws conclusions. This makes it truly unique, as I have never found a book like this before. I don't know that every conclusion he makes is entirely 100% foolproof or accurate - such a conclusion would need to be made by each reader - but I love the fact that each point he makes is backed up by citations. This is a mark of a true scholar.
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