Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069

Bill Strauss, Author, William Strauss, Author, Neil Howe, With William Morrow & Company $22.95 (538p) ISBN 978-0-688-08133-1
In the authors' estimate, 18 distinct generations have peopled American history, from Puritan colonists down to Wall Street yuppies. In a trendy, detailed, convoluted chronicle, often as woolly as newspaper horoscopes, generations are labeled and described, e.g., the Silents (those born 1925-42) are other-directed and possess a sense of nonjudgmental fairness. The authors also posit four cyclically recurring personality types--Idealist, Reactive, Civic, Adaptive. Reactives, like George Washington, eagerly take risks in their 20s, but age into mellow pragmatists. Aided by charts and tables, ex-Capitol Hill aide Strauss and Howe, a contributing editor to American Spectator , conclude their reductive views with a crystal-ball chapter predicting generational cycles for the next 70 years. Author tour. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
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