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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Strauss, Neil Howe Narrator: Neil Howe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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First came the postwar high, then the awakening of the 1960s and 1970s, and now the current unraveling. This audacious and provocative book tells us what to expect just beyond the start of the next century. Are you ready for the fourth turning?

Strauss and Howe will change the way you see the world—and your place in it. In The Fourth Turning, they apply their generational theories to the cycles of history and locate America in the middle of an unraveling period, on the brink of a crisis. How you prepare for this crisis—the fourth turning—is intimately connected to the mood and attitude of your particular generation. Are you one of the can-do “GI generation,” who triumphed in the last crisis? Do you belong to the mediating “silent majority,” who enjoyed the 1950s high? Do you fall into the “awakened” boomer generation of the 1970s and 1980s, or are you a member of generation X struggling to adapt to our splintering world? 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In Generations, William Strauss and Neil Howe told us what was coming in the 1990s--from culture wars to family values. In The Fourth Turning, they tell us what will happen after the year 2000.
  • Generations is the most stimulating book on American history I have ever read. Senator Al Gore
  • Generations is a brilliant intellectual tour de force. Speaker Newt Gingrich
  • Generations might change the world as much as Darwin's Origin of Species. Oakland Tribune
  • A provocative, erudite, and engaging analysis of the rhythms of American life. Newsweek
  • “Their take on history provides an intriguing…lens through which to view the past, present, and maybe even the future.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen Christensen | 2/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emtee | 2/18/2014

    " 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... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ken | 2/9/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ron | 1/21/2014

    " 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). "

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