The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny

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Crown, Jan 16, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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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Contents

Winter Comes Again
1
Part One Seasons
21
Seasons of Time
25
Seasons of Life
53
Cycles of History
91
Seven Cycles of Generations and Turnings
123
Gray Champions
139
American High 19461964
145
Culture Wars 19842005?
201
Fourth Turnings in History
254
A Fourth Turning Prophecy
272
Part Three Preparations 11 Preparing for the Fourth Turning
305
The Eternal Return
329
Acknowledgments
337
Notes
341
Index of Names
367

Consciousness Revolution 19641984
171

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William Strauss and Neil Howe, the authors of Generations: The History of America's Future and 13th-GEN, write and lecture frequently on generational issues.  Strauss is the cofounder and director of the Capitol Steps, a political cabaret. Howe, a historian and economist, is a senior advisor for the Concord Coalition. They both live in the Washington, D.C., area.

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