Generations : the history of America's future, 1584 to 2069



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Notes on half title: 1. Homer, 2. Are these theories only for Americans. Underlinings/notes in Preface: Homer. 18 generations in four centuries of American history. G.I.--b. 1900-1924--rationalist generation. Most of life hope, old age despair. Past two decades, note younger generations do not display friendliness, optimism, community of your peers. SILENT--midlifers, b. 1925-1942: 65 years after your first birth-year, no President elected from your generation. Brought non-judgmental fairness/open-mindedness to American society. BOOMER--rising adults, born 1943-1960, disappointed in Dan Quayles and Donald Trumps. See in peers, capacity for great wisdom, terrible tragedy, insufferable pomposity, narcissism, parallel play. 13er--youths, born 1961-1981. Do not like being lumped in with mall rats, drug gangs, collegiand who can't find Chicago on a map, but that's how are seen. Pride in pragmatism. Book intended to dispel illusion of generational sameness--could only been written by Boomers. New answers to old riddles--why great public emergencies occur every 80-90 years; and spiritual upheavals halfway in between. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. date specific predictions--America poised to pivot back to 1960s style activism. Harbor doubts. Late 2010s and early 2020s generations will pass into "Crisis Era" Racial unrest begins with "Awakening" constellation of generational types. Book poses unique research problems, no shortcuts. Poured through books/articles to confirm observations which equal a sentence in the book. Interpretive gathering of many disciplines. Julian Marias, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Anthony Esler, the two Arthur Schlesingers. Acknowledgements. Underlinings: G.I.-Jetson household as warm as push-button transmission. AWAKENING, INNER-DRIVEN, CRISIS, AND OUTER-DRIVEN. Sequential lives of Simon Bradstreet, Albert Gore, Jr. Everyone with a normal lifespan experiences every constellational era once.


Strauss, William, “Generations : the history of America's future, 1584 to 2069,” One Book. One Author. One Hour., accessed December 3, 2022,



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Generations : the history of America's future, 1584 to 2069


Strauss, William


Program air date: April 14, 1991.


The book that challenges forever your view of our national legacy and our destiny--Jacket subtitle.


"Generations--United States--History."


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Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.


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Howe, Neil


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