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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Now available in paperback is one of the most talked about books of the past year. Hailed by Senator Albert Gore as "the most stimulating and politically relevant book on American history that I have ever read, " Generations has been heralded by public figures and reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688119126
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 185,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Very, Very enlightening- excellent Sociology!

    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

    Posted January 30, 2009

    Long-Wave History

    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.

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