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
Michael Lewis is one of my all-time favourite authors. I even enjoyed his book on baseball (Moneyball) despite having never seen a game and still being largely clueless about the rules. This book is another great effort by Lewis and a fascinating read.
The book is an interesting indictment on the lack of preparedness Trump brought to the presidency, but even better it is a fascinating look at the work of three government departments: Energy, Agriculture and Commerce. The names are nowhere near re ...more
Insightful and informative. Lewis' new book sheds light on the goings-on inside numerous government departments and agencies, particularly the DOE, DOA, and Commerce Department. I confess to ignorance on many of these departments, so there was value to me in that regard alone. But "The Fifth Risk" doesn't just highlight the services provided by these departments, it also reveals the risk associated with mismanagement of these assets. And herein lies the concern. Trump's appointees (and lack of a ...more
I could not have read this book at a more fitting time. As I was reading, the 2019 government shutdown became the longest one in American history, and it continues as I write this review. This book celebrates government employees, the backbone of our country. They’re not famous politicians vying for good photo ops. They do the unglamorous tasks we never hear about but rely upon anyway.
Fans of Michael Lewis know that he likes to tell the stories of unsung heroes, especially the ones who break thr ...more
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
For readers who are cynical about the operations of the U.S. government generally, and even more cynical about the (mis)operations of the current administration specifically, there's a lot in these pages to make even your worst fears about public sector project mismanagement seem tame in comparison to reality. Lewis outlines, in his typically snappy/funny/ironic/incisive style, just how devastating the consequences of government inattention and ineptitude can be. But Lewis's greater achievement ...more
(view spoiler)[I fucking hate each and every person who voted for 45. The gigarich tech bros who enabled 4chan and Cambridge Analytica. And, of course, all you jackass libertarians and white supremacists. (hide spoiler)]
This book explains why there is no hope for reconciliation between decent human beings and Trumpanzees.
Michael Lewis (of Moneyball fame) takes readers on a tour of government that you'll never find on the news or even presented by government itself--not because it's a malicious or abusive aspect but it's often essential and important parts of government, who are also banned from sharing out the amazing work that they do. Lewis is searching for the different ways in which long-standing government institutions are on a precipice of decay, self-destruction, and funding shortages. This foreboding ris ...more
Michael Lewis is an astonishingly good writer, with a particular talent for making complex or seemingly boring topics human and exciting. The Fifth Risk is no exception. The premise of the book is basically that the Trump administration, aside from all of its active depredations of the government, is ignoring thousands of potential problems, tragedies, and catastrophes by not taking the things the cabinet departments do seriously--in fact, by not believing that any of these things are remotely i ...more