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W. Cleon Skousen – The Man Behind Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Glenn Lee Beck has become a leading voice in American media and his radio and television programs have become quite popular among those who hold conservative political views. Born in Everett, Washington on February 10, 1964, he converted to Mormonism in 1999 shortly after marrying his current wife Tania (Beck’s first marriage ended in divorce in 1994). With all the emotion of a typical LDS fast and testimony meeting, Beck passionately proclaims his love for America while decrying the efforts of liberals to abandon the ideals fashioned by America’s founding fathers. He regularly displays his in-depth knowledge of American history, and while he challenges his listeners to “Question with Boldness,” many, myself included, wonder if he really did that when it comes to the dubious historical past of Mormonism. Beck doesn’t hide the fact that one of the people who has made a major impact on his political worldview is W. Cleon Skousen, a Mormon political thinker and author of The 5,000 Year Leap, a book Beck says “changed his life.” First published in 1981, Beck wrote the foreword to a new edition that instantly became a top seller on Amazon.com.