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  • What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny
  • Written by: William Strauss, Neil Howe
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
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The Fourth Turning

Written by: William Strauss,Neil Howe
Narrated by: Tom Parks
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Now available as an unabridged recording for the first time

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Discover the game-changing theory of the cycles of history and what past generations can teach us about living through times of upheaval—with deep insights into the roles that Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials have to play.

First comes a High, a period of confident expansion. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion. Then comes an Unraveling, 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.

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 what comes next.

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 twenty-year eras—or “turnings”—that comprise history’s seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth. Illustrating this cycle through a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period, The Fourth Turning offers bold predictions about how all of us can prepare, individually and collectively, for this rendezvous with destiny.

©2009 William Strauss and Neil Howe (P)2023 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“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, The Boston Globe

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

“A startling vision of what the cycles of history predict for the future.”—USA Weekend

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…Interesting looking at the generations and cycles. This was well done – Gives lots of new creative ideas to explore. One of the more captivating and thought provoking audiobooks I’ve listened to.

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