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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civicx through reubilding hte outer world of technology and institutions.
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civic generations are aggressive institiution-founders when young, but stolid institituo-defenders when old.
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'tis but the morning of the world for us,' princeton student hugh henry brackenridge
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with nine million members born abroad, the Lost is (in absolute numbers) america's largest immigrant generation. an unmatched proportion came trom eastern and soutehrn europe, many of them jewish. of all americans today over age 85, one in six is naturalized citizen (one in three in new and new engalnd)--a far higher share than of any other living gneration.
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from the 1930s forard, the gis have been the onoly gernaiton to support the winning candidate in evey election. in all three close....
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see excell sheet of the generational cycle in america --immigrant percentage--
 

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I read it 15 years ago and think back to these theoretical classifications all the time. Such a thought provoking book gives the reader a discriminating sense of place in time.

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Neil Howe is a partner and co-founder of LifeCourse Associates, a Virginia-based consulting firm and senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A historian, economist, author, and speaker, he is the co-author (with William Strauss) of several books, including "Generations, The Fourth Turning", and "Millennials Rising".

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