"The Fourth Revolution" examines the momentous social changes that have taken place in the United States in recent decades, placing protests such as the civil rights movement, feminism, and student demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the context of other cultural "revolutions" in American history. By comparing the unique events of the 1960s with the religious revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries (the first revolution), the democratic political revolution of the 18th century (the second revolution), and the economic revolution of the New Deal during the first half of the 20th century (the third revolution), "The Fourth Revolution "shows how the cyclical nature of social movements has come to define not only American history but also the nation's ideal of progress. Extending to controversies during the past quarter-century over everything from gay rights to the culture wars, this absorbing book also looks ahead to potential targets of the next (fifth) revolution, including militant environmentalism, a repudiation of science and technology, and an ethic of anti-success.
"Robert V. Daniels understands that cultural revolutions have transformed the modern world at least as much as have violent conquests of state power. "The Fourth Revolution is a challenging, original synthesis of the history of our own time."
-Michael Kazin, co-author of "America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s
""The Fourth Revolution is a book with a powerful and important argument. Robert V. Daniels helps to contextualize the 1960s within the narrative of modern world history. This is a very valuable contribution."
-Jeremi Suri, author of "Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente