The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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“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 500 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 20 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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|Listening Length||6 hours and 1 minute|
|Author||William Strauss, Neil Howe|
|Narrator||William Strauss, Neil Howe|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 December 2001|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,102 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Future Studies
3 in 20th Century U.S. History
4 in Political Science (Audible Books & Originals)
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Should you dismiss this approach to historical understanding and prediction, you will at least be delighted in a fairly broad treatment of the last few centuries of Western history (though American-centric and obviously heavily pop-cultural in its treatment of recent times), that shaped societies into what led us to be here today.
Would recommend reading.