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.
In Generations, William Strauss and Neil Howe told us what was coming in the 1990s--from culture wars to family values. In The Fourth Turning, they tell us what will happen after the year 2000.

Praise for Generations:
"Generations is the most stimulating book on American history I have ever read."
--Senator Al Gore

"Generations is a brilliant intellectual tour de force."
--Speaker Newt Gingrich

"Generations might change the world as much as Darwin's Origin of Species."
--Oakland Tribune

"A provocative, erudite, and engaging analysis of the rhythms of American life."
--Newsweek