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

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Harper Collins, Sep 30, 1992 - History - 544 pages
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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.

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

Reread in 2017 to see if the future is panning out as predicted. Many predictions seem right on although I don't see Millennials as civic minded but rather narcissistic. Maybe they just haven't been galvanized by purpose yet. Read full review

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User Review  - MarysGirl - LibraryThing

I read this book over twenty years ago and it made such a impression on me, I talk about its premise regularly and felt the need to re-read, given today's political climate. The authors William ... Read full review

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William Strauss is the author of Generations, 13th Gen, and The Fourth Turning. He lives in McLean, Virginia.

Neil Howe is the author of Generations, 13th Gen, and The Fourth Turning. He lives in McLean, Virginia.

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