William Strauss is an author, historian, playwright, theater director, and lecturer. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government. He has co-authored nine books, five of which were with Neil Howe about generational history. The two most recent about the Millennial generation are called, Millennials Rising and Millennials Go to College. In their previous books, Generations and The Fourth Turning, Strauss and Howe made several forecasts about this generation, crime, substance abuse, sexual behavior, family attitudes, and school achievement that have turned out to be correct.
In addition, William is a lecturer and consultant for numerous public and private organizations about generational trends, including MTV, Paramount Pictures, Hearst Magazines, Time, Pepsi, Disney, Procter & Gamble, the Ford Motor Company, and the U.S. Armed Forces.
Author William Strauss outlined the cycles of American history and detailed his prediction for a change or "turning" for the years 2005-2025. Such turnings are "driven by generational change," he explained, with four main archetypes (prophet, nomad, hero, artist) repeating themselves in 20 year intervals.
This past Saturday night Barbara hosted William Strauss, co-author of The Fourth Turning, which posits that America goes through 4 different cyclical periods and that we may now have entered a crisis cycle. In the first hour of the program Glynis McCants was the guest... More »