Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069
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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Review: Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069User Review - Heather Denigan - Goodreads
Even if one shouldn't swallow the authors' conclusions without careful chewing, there's plenty of good stuff here. Two main takeaways: the argument and the methodology. The first four chapters and ... Read full review
Review: Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069User Review - Odeaec - Goodreads
This book is almost scary it is so accurate in its predictions of the course of history defined by the four generation types. While I'm depressed to be the unlucky Gen-x I do feel confident that we ... Read full review
The Great Power Cycle
The Millennial Cycle
The Revolutionary Cycle
The Civil War Cycle
The Past as Prologue
Completing the Millennial Cycle
The Beginning of History
A Theory of Generations
American Political Leadership by Generation
Notes on Sources