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Author: Neil Howe, William Strauss Narrator: Neil Howe Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 1996 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780553755855

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “A startling vision of what the cycles of history predict for the future.”—USA Weekend   William Strauss and Neil Howe will change the way you see the world—and your place in it. With blazing originality, The Fourth Turning illuminates the past, explains the present, and reimagines the future. Most remarkably, it offers an utterly persuasive prophecy about how America’s past will predict its future. Strauss and Howe base this vision on a provocative 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. In The Fourth Turning, the authors illustrate these cycles using a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period. 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. The Fourth Turning offers bold predictions about how all of us can prepare, individually and collectively, for America’s next rendezvous with destiny.

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was a tough and rewarding read. Trying to understand the seasons of time has and will help me to prepare and understand what is happening in the world and why. "

    - Karen, 2/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A most excellent review of the cycles of American history. It details how the generations interact and repeat the same cycles throughout history, going from peace, to religious revival, to discontentment, to crisis (war), and back to peace. Thus, we know what phase will come next in history... "

    - Emtee, 2/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A totally different view of history. This book was really interesting to read 12 years after being published in that it was accurate to what it has prophesied. Meticulously written by two guys who really know their stuff. "

    - Ken, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book offers some interesting theories about inter-generational psycholgogical dynamics, but it takes the prophecy aspect just a bit too seriously. It veers a little too much into new-age territory, and the authors clearly seem to have some contempt for Gen X while taking a tone of worship whenever they mention the Millenial generation (yeah, those kids are going to save us all). "

    - Ron, 1/21/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Strauss defines historical cycles that predicts a 4th turning, the last of the 100 year +- cycle. His predictions 10 years ago have been amazingly accurate. It is quite an impressive book. "

    - Terry, 1/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book was published in 1997 so it is now over 11 years old. It does an excellent job of discussing social, political, financial and historic cycles. The interesteing thing about this book in 2009 is how one can track where we are today and frankly it is very alarming. "

    - Dick, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Whew... well, I slogged through this because it had just enough good stuff to keep me going. Overall I liked the book but can only recommend it to a few people. If you are little wonky then, yeah, go for it. "

    - Cleat, 12/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Thought provoking meta-look at American history. Definitely recommended for anyone with more than a passing interest in our country's past (and future). "

    - Will, 11/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fascinating especially in light of sept 11, 2001 "

    - Corby, 11/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book is a different way to look at history. Rather than looking at history in a linear fashion, the authors present the idea that history is cyclical. It was quite an interesting concept and a new way to look at the past ... and possibly the future?? ;) "

    - Natalie, 10/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book describes a pattern of behavior over our societal history. It divides generations into 4 groups by behavior and experiences and shows how these repeat throughout history. Whether you agree with this premise or not it is worth a read. It is thought provoking and interesting. "

    - Roseann, 10/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really helps you understand what is happening in our world today. We are in a crisis - are you using it for a great opportunity or are you panicking??? "

    - Toni, 9/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really liked this book... it encouraged me about the future and the current "crisis" we are in. It is a bit redundant, but it's good because it really helps to drive the point home. "

    - Ange, 6/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Seasons . . . "

    - Verena, 5/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A fascinating theory of history - basically that human history is defined by generational cycles. Not the best read, but a worth the slog "

    - John, 6/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Probably not True but true enough to be useful. "

    - David, 3/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Super interesting, he'd been pretty accurate so far. Written in 1997, predicted 9/11, recession, etc. "

    - Brian, 2/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book! Truly insightful into our cultural, political, and economical history. The current state we are in as a nation makes much more sense to me now after reading this book. "

    - Chris, 11/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Brilliant analysis of the generational "circle of life." Highly recommended by this GenX Nomad. "

    - Steve, 10/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting view of cyclical history. I got a little bogged down in ALL the history, but I skimmed through most of the book. "

    - Kristen, 9/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Though published ten years ago, eerily accurate prediction of the situation in which we currently find ourselves. "

    - Tom, 8/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It has been a while since I read this book, but it caused my fascination with historical cycles. This book shows some interesting cycles in history and what kind of people are a part of each cycle and what to expect for the future. I really loved this one. "

    - Duncan, 2/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Brilliant analysis of the generational "circle of life." Highly recommended by this GenX Nomad. "

    - Steve, 1/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I rated this a four and not a five because some of the philisophical rambling gets pretty boring. But,it really made me think about things in a new way. To think about the country, economics, generations in terms of cycles was fascinating to me. Difficult book to get through but very worth it. "

    - Kursten, 1/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was a tough and rewarding read. Trying to understand the seasons of time has and will help me to prepare and understand what is happening in the world and why. "

    - Karen, 12/14/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This was a tough audio book to get through but I'm glad I made the effort to. The Fourth Turning presents a very interesting insight into the 4 stage historical cyclical pattern that each generation plays and paints a dire picture of what we can expect as nation. "

    - Stephen, 12/12/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was an extremely dense read, but well worth it to try to understand the current political cycle we are enduring. "

    - Kit, 8/13/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I remember being really impressed by this in 1998 when I originally read it but, in retrospect, it seems very pseudo-scientific. Might be worth a reread to see how it holds up. "

    - Adam, 7/28/2010

About the Author

William Strauss (1947–2007) was the author of numerous works on generational issues, including Generations: The History of America’s Future and 13th-GEN. Strauss was also the cofounder and director of the Capitol Steps, a political cabaret.

About the Narrator

Neil Howe is the author of numerous works on generational issues, including Generations: The History of America’s Future and 13th-GEN. Howe, a historian and economist, is a senior advisor for the Concord Coalition. He lives in the Washington, DC area.