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Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069

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ISBN13: 9780688119126
ISBN10: 0688119123
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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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Now available in paperback is one of the most talked about books of the past year. Hailed by Senator Albert Gore as "the most stimulating and politically relevant book on American history that I have ever read", Generations has been heralded by public figures and reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 465-519) and index.

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DWRinTN, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by DWRinTN)
I think it's fairly rare for a book to completely change the way you look at not only our nation's past, but also our present and even our future. But Generations does it. Looking at examples from Greek mythology, the Bible, and other literary sources, Strauss and Howe developed a theory of American history that cleverly combines the Aristotelian cyclical history with the Hegelian progress-toward-an-end theory. The end result is a history of the United States told as the story of succeeding generations, stretching from the folks who left Europe to settle the New World to the generation to which I belong, the "Millennials."

Plainly put, each generation of Americans is influenced by and reacts to the generations preceding it in a predictable and cyclical way, and this inevitably affects the decisions made and the opinions held by those generations as they guide the course of our nation. What's most amazing to me about this generational theory is the way Strauss and Howe's descriptions of my generation, written in 1991, are so largely accurate, even though the oldest members of the cohort were only about 8 or 10 years old at the time.

If you're looking for a new way of understanding what's happening in our country right now and how it relates to what's come before and what has yet to come, there's no better place to start than "Generations."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780688119126
Subtitle:
The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069
With:
Howe, Neil
Author:
Strauss, William
Author:
by Neil Howe and William Strauss
Author:
Howe, Neil
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Generations.
Subject:
Generations -- United States -- History.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Quill ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
106
Publication Date:
19920930
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.22x6.14x1.39 in. 1.33 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Now available in paperback is one of the most talked about books of the past year. Hailed by Senator Albert Gore as "the most stimulating and politically relevant book on American history that I have ever read", Generations has been heralded by public figures and reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading.
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