By Neil Howe, William Strauss

First got here the postwar excessive, then the Awakening of the '60s and '70s, and now the Unraveling.  This audacious and provocative e-book tells us what to anticipate simply past the beginning of the following century.  Are you prepared for the Fourth Turning?

Strauss and Howe will swap how you see the world--and your home in it.  In The Fourth Turning, they practice their generational theories to the cycles of heritage and find the United States in the course of an unraveling interval, on the point of a crisis.  How you arrange for this crisis--the Fourth Turning--is in detail attached to the temper and perspective of your specific generation.  Are you one of many can-do "GI generation," who triumphed within the final crisis?  Do you belong to the mediating "Silent Majority," who loved the Fifties High?  Do you fall into the "awakened" Boomer type of the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, or are you a Gen-Xer suffering to evolve to our splintering world?  Whatever your level of existence, The Fourth Turning deals daring predictions approximately how we all can arrange, separately and jointly, for America's subsequent rendezvous with future.

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39 No part of American thinking, Bailyn suggests—not the widespread belief in a ministerial conspiracy, not the hostile and vicious indictments of individuals, not the fear of corruption and the hope for regeneration, not any of the violent seemingly absurd distortions and falsifications of what we now believe to be true, in short, none of the frenzied rhetoric—can be safely ignored by the historian seeking to understand the causes of the Revolution. Bailyn’s study, however, represents something other than a more com­ plete and uncorrupted version of the common idealist interpretations of the Revolution.

By concentrating on the immediate events of the decade leading up to independence, the historians of the 1950s have necessarily fled from the economic and social determinism of the Progressive his­ torians. And by emphasizing the consistency and devotion with which Americans held their constitutional beliefs, they have once again focused on what seems to be the extraordinary intellectuality of the American Revolution and hence its uniqueness among Western revolutions. This interpretation, which, as Jack P.

Our intellectual life is made up of struggles over getting people to accept different meanings of our experiences—in effect, trying to change Introduction | 17 the culture. The stakes are always high because actions that we cannot make meaningful—cannot conceive of, rationalize, legitimate, or per­ suade other people to accept—we in some sense cannot undertake. What is permissible culturally affects what is permissible socially or politically, so that although ideas may not be the motives for behavior (underly­ ing interests and passions are the real motives), ideas do affect and limit behavior.

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