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

The Fourth Turning The Fourth Turning Broadway Books

William Strauss and Neil Howe

Broadway Books, 1997

Although written more than a decade ago, historians Strauss and Howe predicted the next Crisis period, or Fourth Turning, we are living in today of global terrorism, financial collapse, and worldwide economic crisis. They also predicted transformations in spirituality and religion and Boomers' ways of coping with aging and the excitement of Millenials to take on the world and act for real change.

The authors divide periods in history, starting in the 15th century, into four cycles, or turnings, and show how the pattern of four turnings is inevitably repeated economcally, culturally, and politically.  If you want to understand our current world situation from a broader scope, this book will provide some fascinating answers and a whole new way to see human history and why history inevitably repeats itself. They look at each generation born during a cycle, then as young adults, in mid-life, or in old age, and the effects on that particular cycle, or turning, and that generation's effect on it. Those looking at social trends across generations  and those curious about the trajectory of events and their connection to the past will find this book extremely illuminating and helpful. 

"...If Strauss and Howe are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets." -The Boston Globe

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

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