The Fourth Turning

The Fourth Turning

An American Prophecy

Book - 1997
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This astonishing book will change the way you see the world -- and your place in it.

With startling originality, The Fourth Turning illuminates the past, explains the present, and reimagines the future. Most remarkably, it offers an utterly persuasive prophecy about a new American era that will begin just after the millennium.

William Strauss and Neil Howe base this vision on a provocative new theory of American history. The authors look back five hundred years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras--or "turnings"--that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order.

First comes a High, a period of confident expansion as a new order takes root after the old has been swept away. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion against the now-established order. Then comes an Unraveling, an increasingly troubled era in which individualism triumphs over crumbling institutions. Last comes a Crisis--the Fourth Turning--when society passes through a great and perilous gate in history. Together, the four turnings comprise history's seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth.

Strauss and Howe locate today's America as midway through an Unraveling, roughly a decade away from the next era of Crisis. In a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period, they show how generational dynamics are the key to understanding the cycles of American history. They draw vivid portraits of all the modern generations: the can-do G.I.s, the mediating Silent, the values-absorbed Boomers, the pragmatic 13ers, and the child Millennials. Placed in the context of history's long rhythms, the persona and role of each generation become clear--as does the inevitability of the coming Crisis.

Whatever your stage of life, The Fourth Turning offers bold predictions about how all of us can prepare, individually and collectively, for America's next rendezvous with destiny.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780767900461
Branch Call Number: 303.4973 Strauss
Characteristics: 382 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Howe, Neil


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Aug 28, 2018

Everything in life is a cycle, that lies in the nature of nature itself, from the logarithmic spiral in the nautilus shell to Fibonacci ratios and economic cycles. This book talks about those cycles from a practical and anthropological point of view: how generations (societies) shaped (and shape) history, and how their actions impact and confirm the recurrence of similar events throughout the years.

This is an extensive book that recurs to detail chronology to exemplify its theory, which makes reading tedious in certain passages. I agree with other readers that the main ideas can be transmitted in a more concise way; perhaps the authors circled back on their hypothesis to make sure the reader understands them in past and current context, and to supply history as the back up element in lieu of rigorous scientific research.

After reading this book I will not see people in the way I used to; I will see them as part of a generation that share commons strengths and weaknesses and I will classify them according to their role in history.

Prepare for the next saeculum, whatever it might be in your existence.

Aug 18, 2017

I never finished reading this book. it was too wordy and they seemed to ramble all over where they could have made their point clearly in a lot fewer words. Also, their thesis, while interesting and probably valid, didn't seem to hold my interest. That we are entering a period of crisis is obvious to anyone paying any attention but I never got to their prediction of the next crisis as I totally lost interest in anything more they had to say just over 200 pages in. Congrats to anyone who finished the book and followed them all the way through. That this became a best seller amazes me and that it is one of if not Steve Bannon's favourite but they are the only reason I picked the book up. I wanted to see what Steve's mind was like but no longer care. There are better reads I would rather spend my time on.

Jun 28, 2017

Keep a dictionary handy.

Dec 27, 2016

Interesting and probably valid theory on war cycles, but it could have been explained in half the length.

Apr 30, 2014

continue reading on p150


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