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Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069
     

Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069

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by Neil Howe
 

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Hailed by national leaders as politically diverse as former Vice President Al Gore and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Generations has been heralded by reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading.

William Strauss and Neil Howe posit the history of America as a succession of generational biographies,

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Hailed by national leaders as politically diverse as former Vice President Al Gore and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Generations has been heralded by reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading.

William Strauss and Neil Howe posit the history of America as a succession of generational biographies, beginning in 1584 and encompassing every-one through the children of today. Their bold theory is that each generation belongs to one of four types, and that these types repeat sequentially in a fixed pattern. The vision of Generations allows us to plot a recurring cycle in American history -- a cycle of spiritual awakenings and secular crises -- from the founding colonists through the present day and well into this millenium.

Generations is at once a refreshing historical narrative and a thrilling intuitive leap that reorders not only our history books but also our expectations for the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ex-Capitol Hill aides Strauss and Howe analyze American history according to a convoluted theory of generational cycles, concocting a chronicle that often seems as woolly as a newspaper horoscope. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688119126
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
101,165
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

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Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiley-in-the-Sunshine More than 1 year ago
Book is a 'good read' from beginning to end. Although written more than 20 years ago, the information which projected into the future (current times and beyond) is still accurate and timely today. Use frequently as an academic reference book for college with professors' blessing! Going to buy extra copies for family members interested in social sciences. Particularly enjoy the useful tables within the text... Highly, highly recommend!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just about every historian since Herodotus (450 BC) has asked the question, "Why does this situation seem so familiar?" In "Generations" Howe and Stauss have taken a bold first step in identifying the source of "historical de-ja-vu." Warning, this is NOT an easy read and I believe the authors realized this and subsequently published the "Fourth Turning" in an attempt to simplify and refine their thesis. Anyone in the Social Sciences (History, Political Science, Psychology) should include both "Generations" and the "Fourth Turning" in their reading list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago