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Published prior to September 11, 2001, this book is more relevant and prescient today than ever. Strauss and Howe predicted that America would enter a new era that will culminate in a crisis comparable to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. The authors of the bestselling Generations and 13th-Gen foresee that the United States will face a political and social crisis every bit as demanding as the Civil War or the Great Depression. They recommend ways to prepare for what's ahead, as individuals and as a nation. Generations was hailed by Al Gore as "the most stimulating and politically relevant book on American history that I have ever read," and by Newt Gingrich as "a brilliant intellectual tour de force."
In this provocative example of history in action, Strauss and Howe present their theory of American cultural history as a series of recurring 80- to 100-year cycles. Each cycle has four "turnings"-a High, an Awakening, an Unraveling, and a Crisis. They locate today's America as midway through an Unraveling, roughly a decade away from the next Crisis.
"Creative and provocative analysis suggesting troubling imiplications make this book a must-read.... A metahistory to ponder as we approach the new millennium."-Kirkus Reviews
“The book’s appeal lies in the way they link an all-embracing theory of history to current strivings for self-actualization and to the average person’s desire for peace and prosperity.”–Publishers Weekly
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Winter Comes Again • Part I-Seasons: Seasons of Time; Seasons of Life; Cycles of History; Gray Champions • Part II-Turnings: The First Turning-American High, 1946-1964; The Second Turning-Consciousness Revolution, 1964-1984; The Third Turning-Culture Wars, 1984-2005?; Fourth Turnings in History; A Fourth Turning Prophecy • Part Three-Preparations; Preparing for the Fourth Turning; The Eternal Return • Acknowledgments • Notes • Index