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Hailed by national leaders as politically diverse as former vice president Al Gore and former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Generations has been heralded by reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading.

William Strauss and Neil Howe posit the history of America as a succession of generational biographies, beginning in 1584 and encompassing every one through the children of today. Their bold theory is that each generation belongs to one of four types and that these types repeat sequentially in a fixed pattern. The vision of Generations allows us to plot a recurring cycle in American history - a cycle of spiritual awakenings and secular crises - from the founding colonists through the present day and well into this millennium.

Generations is at once a refreshing historical narrative and a thrilling intuitive leap that reorders not only our history books, but also our expectations for the 21st century.

©1991 William Strauss and Neil Howe (P)2021 Tantor
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Impossible to follow

Although the audio book was released in 2021 the book was actually written in 1991 and us badly in need of an update. Author is constantly referencing charts and other materials and without the visual aids the book is very difficult to follow.

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Fascinating and interesting look at our generations through history

A poignant and well researched look into the generational forces at play in our society. Very impressed by the research and knowledge expressed. You will definitely see yourself, your family, and other members of society in the descriptions you hear.

It would be great for the book to get an update, but I do understand if the authors have reservations about doing such a massive undertaking.

The publishers did do a disservice by not providing an accompanying PDF showing all the tables and graphs referenced in the audiobook. It made it very confusing at times.

Overall, I absolutely loved listening to this book and recommend it to anyone interested in history, the people who make it, and the forces at play in our current lives today.

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Stopped at 1991.

This books information stops at 1991. I found myself listening to the first part of the book and then realizing after many minutes that I had not even paid attention to what was being said. It seems like it was just pure circular topics over and over and over again. I even skipped straight to the charter he said would be the one covering the current affairs. It was more of the same just conjecture. The person reading the books did a fine job of attempting to make the repetitive 30,000 foot level content enjoyable.

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