Free Thought Discussion

The Group meets every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For more information contact Hilton at:

Strictly speaking, this is not a “book group,” since we devote the first Wednesday of each month to discussion of current news events, and, on the other evenings, discussions tend to be wide-ranging, centered about, but not exclusively about, the chosen book.  The word “group” is often used but does not imply that you have to join formally in any sense. Visitors are welcome. Just show up—the more the merrier!

The current book we are reading is

“The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy” by William Strauss, Neil Howe, 1997, about 337 pages.

This is an older book, but it seems timely for today.To see why, check out this article from “Business Insider” – that discusses Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist for the Trump Administration and his belief in this somewhat “Apocalyptic” book. It discusses how this Trump appointee thinks, and wishes to influence him.

From Amazon: This astonishing book will change the way you see the world–and your place in it. With startling originality, The Fourth Turning illuminates the past, explains the present, and reimagines the future. Most remarkably, it offers an utterly persuasive prophecy about a new American era that will begin just after the millennium.

William Strauss and Neil Howe base this vision on a provocative new theory of American history. With the same intellectual audacity that animated their previous best-sellers, Generations and 13th-GEN, the authors look back five hundred years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras–or “turnings”–that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order………

For more info See:

28 June – Chapter 1 – “Winter Comes Again” and Chapter 2 – “The Seasons of Life”. This is about 53 pages.

5 Jul – Freethought Discussion – Bring your topics to share and discuss

12 July – Finish Chapter 2 ((The Seasons of Time) and Read Chapter 3 (The Seasons of Life), Min of 38 Pages over two weeks

19 July – Chapter 4 (Cycles of History) – About 48 Pages

26 July – Chapter 5 (Gray Champions, short reading) and Chapter 6 (The First Turning, American High), approx 32 pages

2 Aug – Freethought Discussion – Open forum an topics of interest

9 Aug – Read Chapter 7 (“The Second Turning, The Consciousness Revolution”), approx 30 pages over two weeks to allow some to catch up, Appox 30 pages

16 Aug – Read Chapter 8 (“The Third Turning, Culture Wars: (1984-2005)”  This is a longer read at around 52 pages, so set to doing a larger pace.

23 Aug – Read Chapters 9 (“Fourth Turnings in History”)  and 10 (“A Fourth Turning Prophesy”) This is a longer read at around 51 pages, so set to doing a larger pace again.

Some previously read books

Our customs on book nominations & voting


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