The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069

Harper Perennial
Release Date:
Sep. 1991
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About This Publication

Picture the history of America told as a succession of generational biographies, beginning in 1584 and encompassing everyone through the children of today. For each of 18 colonial and American generations, from the Puritans forward, this book describes what it was like to be a child, young adult, midlife adult, and elder at that particular time.

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Praise for this Book

“A provocative, erudite and engaging analysis of the rhythms of American life.”
— Newsweek

“Audacious…going so far as to predict the temper of generations yet unborn.”
— U.S. News & World Report

“It is the most stimulating and politically relevant book on American history that I have ever read.”
— Vice-President Al Gore

“It is a book to be savored. You will return to it time and time again.”
— Former U.S. Rep. Pat Schroeder

“It’s not often I read a book that totally changes my perspective on the world, and Generations did.”
— Cheryl Russell, former editor of American Demographics

“To a surprising degree, what we are is what we were, and we find our counterparts in different stages in history. Mind-expanding and enlightening.”
— Richard Lamm, former Governor of Colorado

“The theory’s charm is that it can take any person in American history, locate him or her within the appropriate generational cycle, then fast-forward to a current cyclical heir.”
— People Magazine

“Whether or not you agree with the authors’ premise—a cyclical view of generations—you are almost sure to be drawn into the argument.”
— Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy

“A fascinating book! I now know why my generational academic peers in the 1960s upset me so much more than the youngsters. Generational ‘traitors’ are not tolerated easily.”
— James M. Buchanan, 1987 Nobel Laureate in Economics

Generations…kept me alternately captivated and critical, sometimes unpersuaded but never unaffected. It will start a lot of arguments—all to the good!”
— Richard Neustadt, professor of government at Harvard University

“Strauss and Howe have written a grandly ambitious generational cycle theory of American history. Their account is both speculative and fun. It should lead readers to grand speculation and introspection about their own generation.”
— William Niskanen, former chairman, Council of Economic Advisors

“I was bowled over by Generations. It is a dazzling feat of imagination and scholarship that presents American history in an entirely new light. It is also wonderfully written.”
— Lawrence Mead, professor of political science at New York University

“The closest anyone has come to writing the biography of an entire nation.”
— James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

“This is a book that explains a lot.”
— Joel Garreau, Washington Post

“Immensely readable [and] a corrective for the ‘today’ fixation of…surveys, studies and predictions.”
— San Francisco Chronicle

“What Megatrends was for the ’80s, Generations will be for the ’90s.”
— Pete du Pont, former Governor of Delaware

“The authors’ explanation of the mindset of each generation has helped me to make some important decisions for my company and helped me to understand my children and their friends. It is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read.”
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“This is a wonderful book that places each individual within a family and then within a generation and then within the full, grand sweep of American history. Read it to rediscover your own past and the future you share with other generations alive today.”
— Landon Jones, author of Great Expectations

Generations is a brilliant intellectual tour de force [and the] sobering picture Strauss and Howe paint of our ‘13th Generation’ is both compelling and frightening.”
— Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Generations might change the world as much as Darwin’s Origin of the Species…I predict that all history books written in the next 50 years will just be a footnote to Generations.”
— Martin Snapp, Oakland Tribune

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