Author(s): William Strauss
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 human life, each composed of four eras - or "turnings" - that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order. 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 Unravelling, 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. By applying the lessons of history, The Fourth Turning makes some bold and hopeful predictions about America's next rendezvous with destiny. It also shows us how we can prepare for what's ahead, both individually and as a nation.
"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, "Boston Globe" "One of the best efforts to give us an integrated vision of where we are going.""--Wall Street Journal" "A startling vision of what the cycles of history predict for the future.""--USA Weekend"
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."