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Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 Paperback – September 30, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Ex-Capitol Hill aides Strauss and Howe analyze American history according to a convoluted theory of generational cycles, concocting a chronicle that often seems as woolly as a newspaper horoscope.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Hailed by national leaders as politically diverse as former Vice President Al Gore and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Generations has been heralded by reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading.
William Strauss and Neil Howe posit the history of America as a succession of generational biographies, beginning in 1584 and encompassing every-one through the children of today. Their bold theory is that each generation belongs to one of four types, and that these types repeat sequentially in a fixed pattern. The vision of Generations allows us to plot a recurring cycle in American history -- a cycle of spiritual awakenings and secular crises -- from the founding colonists through the present day and well into this millenium.
Generations is at once a refreshing historical narrative and a thrilling intuitive leap that reorders not only our history books but also our expectations for the twenty-first century.
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"Generations" lays out clearly the contours of the Strauss-Howe generational theory, from the ideas of generations and the history of the study of generations, to the ways that generations interact with one another throughout time. "Generations" also does a fantastic job of tracing the sociological and historical data that have led them to their conclusions.
The only thing about "Generations" is that it's a huge read and at times can be a bit of a bore if you're not specifically interested in one era of history or if you are unfamiliar with the movers, shakers, and events of a certain era that end up being alluded to throughout the book. However, this book does provide a pretty decent primer or at least pointer for someone who is looking for a more in depth knowledge of the cultural history of the United States.
I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to begin to understand what generational theory is all about, anyone who works with groups of people that span the current 5-6 living generations (such as pastors), and anyone who is interested in the cultural development of the United States.
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