The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe
The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe was published in 1997 and after it was recently mentioned in the press as a book that Steve Bannon was enthralled with I had to check it out. A very deep and insightful work on generations.
When we get little bites in the press about the generations we normally get a small piece on The Boomers, Millennials, Tweeners, or Generation Xers presented in a fashion almost like the daily astrology blurbs.
This book dives into Generational differences in a deep fashion over history showing how the generations impact the next generation in a way that produces four archetypes that very consistently repeat themselves throughout history. They take this work back to biblical times all the way through the present showing this amazingly consistent pattern.
They also illustrate how there are consistent turnings within the archetypes. One of the archetypes regularly becomes disenchanted and dismantles what previous generations have done, to chart a new course. This fourth turning in the cycle consistently matches the specific archetype and coincides with major crisis points such as wars, great depressions, and other major upheaval events.
This book is a thorough and fascinating look at generational cycles that challenges the linear modern western view of time. Written in the late nineties, it was accurately predictive of what we have encountered since and are still in the midst of today. According to their timelines the current Fourth Turning is not over and is still playing out as we speak. How will it turn out? No one knows for sure but what we learn from history is that we are surely do for the major crisis and shifts that will forever change things.
A very worthwhile read, so as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!