How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future

Book - 2012
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Politics, manners, humor, sexuality, wealth, even our definitions of success are periodically renegotiated based on the new values society chooses to use as a lens to judge what is acceptable. Are these new values randomly chosen or is there a pattern? Pendulum chronicles the stuttering history of Western society; that endless back-and-forth swing between one excess and another, always reminded of what we left behind. There is a pattern and it is 40 years: 2003 was a fulcrum year, as was 1963, its opposite. Pendulum explains where we have been as a society, how we got here, and where we are headed. If you would benefit from a peek into the future, you would do well to read this book.--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vanguard Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781593157067
Branch Call Number: 303.4 WILLI
Characteristics: ix, 253 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Drew, Michael R.


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May 11, 2018

An interesting theory regarding the cyclical nature of prevalent societal values, it would have been great if published as an article; instead the authors repeat the same idea ad nauseam for 272 pages. Well, you get paid more for a book than an article..
If you are interested in the concept, read the Amazon summary, or go to a library or bookstore and take a look at the first chapter, and you are pretty much done.

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