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The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny by [William Strauss, Neil Howe]

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“I put down The Fourth Turning with a mixture of terror and excitement. . . . If Strauss and Howe are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets.”—David Kaiser, The Boston Globe

“One of the best efforts to give us an integrated vision of where we are going.”
The Wall Street Journal

“A startling vision of what the cycles of history predict for the future.”
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What is so attractive about deterministic, cyclical theories offered to explain troublingly complex realities? Strauss and Howe, who staked out "generational change" as their mantra in Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584^-2069 (1991) and then 13th-GEN: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail? (1993), return to argue that the U.S. can anticipate a major crisis--a fourth turning--in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Regrettably, some 40 percent of the book's 350 pages retrace seasons of time and life, the cycles of history, and the "Anglo-American Saeculum" : largely a rehash of ideas from their earlier books. They discuss the U.S.' most recent three turnings: the "High" of the decades after World War II; the 1964^-84 "Consciousness Revolution" ; and 1984-2005's "Culture Wars." To assess "fourth turnings," they describe examples (England's War of the Roses, Armada Crisis, and Glorious Revolution, and the American Revolution, Civil War, and Depression and World War II) and then predict the kinds of catalysts and crises that might push the U.S. into its next "fourth turning." Strauss and Howe offer suggestions on how we can prepare for these challenges, but few will learn much from their standard words of wisdom. Probably a harmless enough brand of New Age futurism from the GOP Beltway think tanks, but aggressive marketing suggests high visibility. Mary Carroll --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B001RKFU4I
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown; Reprint edition (January 16, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 16, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9157 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0767900464
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