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

User 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 2069

User 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

Contents

People Moving Through Time
27
Life Along the Generational Diagonal
43
Belonging to a Generation
58
The FourPart Cycle
69
The Cycle in America
80
From Puritans to Millennials and Beyond
97
The Colonial Cycle
113
Puritans
121
Progressives
217
The Great Power Cycle
228
Missionaries
233
Lost
247
GIs
261
Silent
279
The Millennial Cycle
295
Boomers
299

Cavaliers
129
Glorious
137
Enlighteners
144
The Revolutionary Cycle
151
Awakeners
156
Liberty
164
Republicans
172
Compromisers
181
The Civil War Cycle
190
Transcendentals
195
Gilded
206
13ers
317
Millennials
335
The Past as Prologue
347
Completing the Millennial Cycle
374
The Beginning of History
425
Glossary
429
A Theory of Generations
433
American Political Leadership by Generation
455
Notes on Sources
465
Index
521
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Page 198 - I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:/ As ye deal with my contemners. so with you my grace shall deal;/ Let the hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,/ Since God is marching on.
Page 233 - You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” The “Boy Orator of the Platte
Page 180 - I regret that I am now to die in the belief that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation of 1776, to acquire self-government and happiness to their country, is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons.
Page 81 - When our fathers were toiling at the breastwork on Bunker's Hill, all through that night the old warrior walked his rounds. Long, long may it be ere he comes again! His hour is one of darkness, and adversity, and peril. But should domestic tyranny oppress us, or the
Page 80 - the solemn, yet warlike peal of that voice, fit either to rule a host in the battlefield or be raised to God in prayer, were irresistible. At the old man's word and outstretched arm, the roll of the drum was hushed at once, and the advancing line stood still.
Page 256 - Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and dates,
Page 468 - constantly springing up, others are constantly falling away, and all that remain change their condition; the woof of time is every instant broken and the track of generations effaced. Those who went before
Page 25 - There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation has a rendezvous with destiny. —Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Page 227 - the wreck of our belief that through the long years we had seen civilization grow and the worst become impossible. The tide that bore us along was then all the while moving to this as its grand Niagara.

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About the author (1992)

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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