What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.Michael Lewiss brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, its not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.Willful ignor...
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The Fifth Risk Reviews
Holy shit. I read the excerpt at The Guardian and everything that's gone wrong up 'til now (starting just before the election) makes total sense.
Also, if that small bit is any indication, the writing is really engaging. I mean, how in the hell did Michael Lewis manage to make me feel even the slightest bit sorry for what Chris Christie endured trying to head up the transition team? Sure, it was a bit self-serving (the next-best thing to being President), but still...he worked hard to work within ...more
Michael Lewis explores the Trump transition, an important but less discussed topic, in his inimitable style, brings forth some great narratives but misses in taking the right lessons, likely because they would have contradicted his long-held beliefs.
Before I discuss the contradictions and the reasons behind my rating, some words on the content. A lot of content of this short audiobook is available through the author's own articles in recent days in newspapers as well as the free audiobook "The C ...more
What the heck Michael Lewis?The ending was so abrupt it almost felt like Lewis was trying to get whatever he had out for people to read ASAP. This book could have been another 200 pages long. I am left with so many questions: what’s happening in the other departments? what do we do? Where is the call to action I was expecting at the end?
Never did I think I would cry reading about the FDA, but the story of do gooders who always try their best vs the money seekers currently at the wheel made me s ...more
Excellent commentary on how Trump has manned critical departments in Government. Michael points out that all too often people with no education were placed in positions of leadership in areas where they had a completely blank idea of what their jobs are. As a result, many departments that are designed to feed us information about such things as weather not only don't perform their duties, but at times destroy data that could be used to make the necessary predictions. Michael also discusses how w ...more
I have read a number of books on Trump's presidency......Omarosa's, James Comey's, Micheal Wollff's and more recently, Bob Woodward's. The Fifth Risk is the mother of them all detailing from a policy perspective on goings and repercussions of this presidency to America and the rest of us. The free world should brace itself for tomorrow's disaster from today's decisions courtesy of the Trump presidency
What does government do for us? Do we really need it? What happens if government ceases to do those things? These are the questions Michael Lewis comes to grip with in his powerful little book, The Fifth Risk. By drilling down into the day-to-day realities in a handful of little-recognized federal agencies, Lewis convincingly demonstrates how government protects us from some of "the most alarming risks facing humanity." By extension, he relates the dangers we (and the world as a whole) now face ...more
Wonderful collection of stories about the dedicated employees of the Depts of Energy, Commerce and Agriculture and their mission to keep America safe and competitive. Protecting us from nuclear war, weather and climate change and keeping (all) of us fed into the future.
Unfortunately the Trump administration has attacked these institutions (and others) with neglect and incompetence. From clowns like Rick Perry to creeps like Wilbur Ross, the transition hardly occurred at all leaving the governme ...more