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The Fifth Risk

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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Number of Pages : 219 pages
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  • Lorna

    The Fifth Risk is the latest book by Michael Lewis, basically exploring the events that transpired after the 2016 election and outlines how the Obama administration prepared to ease the transition of leadership as the Trump administration came into power. It outlines the resistance that was met, and the total lack of even a fundamental knowledge as to how the government runs. I have read a lot of these books recently and, I must say, this book frightened me in ways that no other has yet done. Le ...more

  • Melki

    We don't really celebrate the accomplishments of government employees. They exist in our society to take the blame.

    Our recent government shutdown, the yugest, most tremendous, and longest shutdown in history, served, if nothing else, to demonstrate just how nice it is to have someone helping our aircraft land, and someone picking up the trash in our national parks. We need qualified people taking care of our nuclear waste, and protecting us against the next pandemic. As a famous Canadian singer
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  • Julie

    This book is a must read. It's only a little over 200 pages but is so so important if one wants a glimpse, told by those who truly know, of our current administration dismantling our democracy and parting out the federal government. The willful ignorance and lack of care is staggering. I know everyone is focused on the Russia scandel, but I'm here to tell you that Russia is not what we should be giving all our attention to. This administration is putting us in real danger by putting people in ch ...more

  • Lee

    I'll do a longer review of this at some point. For now, Lewis makes it abundantly clear that the Government roles that Trump has shown zero interest in filling (forgetting all his friends, family and numerous goonish hangers-on who have been given roles they've no intention of even vaguely assuming) are all incredibly important - there are no positions that the likes of Chris Grayling or Dominic Raab could ever fill without being rumbled in days; that the effect of their being lapsed, ignored or ...more

  • Steve

    America: please read this book.

    In a nutshell, the book asks the question: "What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?" Not surprisingly, the consequences are, potentially, disastrous.

    But the whole point is that too many Americans don't know or appreciate this, and their ignorance (I'm distinguishing actual ignorance from stupidity - I'm giving the benefit of the doubt here - that folks have NO IDEA how important many routine government f

    In so doing, it'll jump a fair number of excellent, important books in the queue. Among other, I've been recommending a decidedly mixed-bag of eye-openers:

    . (a quick, important read ... getting more important every day), Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    . Robert Reich, The Common Good, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    . and, on that note, more broadly, from abroad (no pun intended): Jean Tirole, Economics for the Common Good, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    . Rebecca Traister, Good and Mad, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    . (more catharsis than light, but), David Frum, Trumpocracy, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    . Sarah Churchwell, Behold, America, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    . Max Boot, The Corrosion of Conservatism, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    . Sarah Kendzior, The View From Flyover Country, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    . . and, without drifting too far afield, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

    . And, following the Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings, in fiction (work with me here), Fredrik Backman's Beartown (and the sequel, Us Against You), https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

    ... anyway, you get the idea...


    As a former fed (and current policy wonk, of sorts), there's a lot of preaching to the choir going on in Lewis's most recent book, but... but ... if we believe (or want to believe) that we're a representative democracy, well, then, I sure wish more Americans would read this....

    Update: My spouse read the book and, in a word, was unimpressed. Moreover, she concluded that it was not up to Lewis' normal standard. I concede that it's a different animal from much of his earlier work, but ... other than that, we've simply agreed to disagree. (In other words, I stand by my review ... even in the face of vociferous disagreement.... Life (and domestic tranquility), ultimately, entail(s) compromise.) ...more

  • Dax

    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

  • Jim Cooper

    By taking a dive into the Commerce, Agriculture, and Energy departments, this is a love letter to big government - the behind-the-scenes federal employees who keep our nuclear weapons safe, feed the poor, help farmers grow their crops, and feed our weather apps with data. I generally think of myself as a small-government libertarian, but Lewis makes the case that on the whole, our tax dollars are being spent by smart, hard-working men and women (when elected officials aren't getting in their way ...more

  • Jan Rice

    The United States employed two million people, 70 percent of them one way or another in national security. It managed a portfolio of risks that no private person or corporation was able to manage. Some of the risks were easy to imagine: a financial crisis, a hurricane, a terrorist attack. Most weren't: the risk, say, that some prescription drug proves to be both so addictive and so accessible that each year it kills more Americans that were killed in action by the peak of the Vietnam War. Many
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