• Summary of The Fourth Turning

  • An American Prophecy by William Strauss and Neil Howe
  • By: Scorpio Digital Press
  • Narrated by: Bradley Ericson
  • Length: 33 mins
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Is massive change coming in the form of... The Fourth Turning?

Read on and decide for yourself! Immerse yourself in this summary and analysis of The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe. Let me give you the list of Strauss and Howe's popular book: The Fourth Turning insists that events in history follow a predictable cycle. By looking at Anglo-American history over an extremely long span, one can conclude that there are in fact distinct cycles that can be measured and described. Each of these cycles is made up of turnings, or time of societal change. They each typically last around 20 years. 

Reaching back to the Etruscans and early Roman Empire, the authors explain how these civilizations first linked the cycles of human life and the cycles of history to the passing of the seasons. They explain that a year passes through four seasons. There are birth and generation in the spring and summer, and harvest and death in the fall and winter. They explain that the span of human generations and empires are similar. Strauss and Howe describe how a saeculum (an approximately 80-year period) encompasses four historical/cultural rhythms. This idea comes from the early Romans - their empire itself was believed to be destined for a fixed number of 100 years, and indeed, the Roman Empire did follow this prediction. They even took into account accidents of nature and outside invasion. Each of the four cycles contains different generations, which each have their own distinct place in their civilization’s drama.

Are you ready to learn about these dramas, and much more in this summary based on The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy?

Enjoy Information Like: Why the authors believe a Fourth Turning is coming, and exactly what is it. Who takes part in this movement, and the roles they are presented. Examples of historical cycles that had gone through exactly what we are going through. Engaging discussion questions to kickstart your brain.

And much more!

Buy today before it's too late and the fourth turning arrives!

Note to Listeners: This is a summary and analysis companion book based on The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe. This is not the original book, and only meant to enhance your original reading or listening of it. We strongly encourage you purchase The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy.

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very interesting and a wakeup call to all of us.

well versed, I want toisten to it again. Good information for the younger generations to hear.

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listening put me to sleep

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this was very hard to get through. I am hopeful the full length book will be better

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  • Jayden Humphreys
  • 04-10-21

Explanation of generational interaction

Future generations will judge this book and the theories it presents as a foundation to understanding how the generations interact. Anyone who takes the time to understand this book will be uniquely prepared for the events that are about to unfold in the not too distant future (2009).

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  • Madison Turnbull
  • 04-10-21

We are in the fourth turning

I found this book to be not only well written and researched but extremely compelling. Anyone who reads this book will be glad that they did.

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  • Charlie Dickinson
  • 04-10-21

A very intriguing listen!

I picked this up to help with my macro understanding of the markets. I guess we will have to wait 10 to 20 years to see if it pays off :)

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  • Laura Armstrong
  • 04-10-21

Life Altering Perspective

We seem to have lost all conventional wisdom regarding the natural cycle of all things to include life, economies, cultures, governments, etc... This book really puts generation gaps in a natural perspective. This book gave me a clearer understanding of why my parents' generation often seems more foreign and irrelevant to me than that of of my grandparents. Amazing book.

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  • Daniel May
  • 04-10-21

An Amazing Map of What is to Come

I listened to this book four times to date. This book lays out history in a completely new and insightful way and provides razor sharp insight into what is going on in society now and what is to come. It is at once hopeful and terrifying.

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  • Laura Pratt
  • 04-12-21

An important work

this book follows the trends of history to predict what's happening now in 2020. things seem to be coming true.

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  • Harley Hicks
  • 04-11-21

Phenomenal. Fascinating. One of my favorites!

Must read. Brilliant and interesting. I’m
About to listen the authors other books. The cycles of time and civilization are fascinating

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  • Joshua Mitchell
  • 04-11-21

Life Altering Perspective

We seem to have lost all conventional wisdom regarding the natural cycle of all things to include life, economies, cultures, governments, etc... This book really puts generation gaps in a natural perspective. This book gave me a clearer understanding of why my parents' generation often seems more foreign and irrelevant to me than that of of my grandparents. Amazing book.

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  • Aaron Brennan
  • 04-11-21

Excellent; insanely prophetic

This is a must read for everyone today! It's a lot to unpack, so I will have to listen again to fully retain it all!

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  • Tilly Knight
  • 04-14-21

A warning from the past of our current times

the way this book describes all current generation is very accurate for something written 20+ years ago. also very inspiring

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