William Strauss and Neil Howe, the authors of Generations- The History of America's Future and 13th-GEN, write and lecture frequently on generational issues.Strauss is the cofounder and director of the Capitol Steps, a political cabaret. Howe, a historian and economist, is a senior advisor for the Concord Coalition. They both live in the Washington, D.C., area.
After researching historical patterns, the authors (Generations: The History of America's Future, Morrow, 1991) conclude that America is on the verge of crisis. They substantiate their hypothesis by identifying and tracing a repetitive, four-stage historical cycle that, throughout recorded time, started on a high note and ended in hardship. Narrator Michael Tilford's polished, convincing voice and steady pacing lend an air of legitimacy to the authors' assertions. A brief question-and-answer session between the narrator and the authors at program's end provides an interactive quality that enhances the sometimes methodical drone of the historical analysis. Like other works of prophecy, The Fourth Turning should circulate well in public libraries.‘Mark P. Tierney, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
"I put down The Fourth Turning with a mixture of terror and
excitement. . . . If Strauss and Howe are right, they will take
their place among the great American prophets."-David Kaiser,
The Boston Globe
"One of the best efforts to give us an integrated vision of where we are going."-The Wall Street Journal
"A startling vision of what the cycles of history predict for the future."-USA Weekend