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 wer...
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The Fifth Risk Reviews
Didja know the US gov’mint is a complicated beast? Trump didn’t! And now we’s all gonna DIIIIEEEE!
But not really.
Michael Lewis’ The Fifth Risk is the latest in a long line of Trumperature hurriedly bundled together and booted out the door to cater to the surprisingly large audience who can’t read enough Trump-bashing. Except Lewis’ effort is a bit more nuanced in its critique of the Trump administration, focusing instead on what its lackadaisical attitude to the country’s major institutions co ...more
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
(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.
In The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis provides a glimpse into the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and government data scientists. He explores the work done by these career employees and how they have minimized the risk for Americans in everyday life. This is work that we often take for granted - insuring that our nuclear weapons aren't lost or stolen, testing sites of various national events to insure terrorists aren't utilizing dirty bombs, keeping our nuclear waste contained, insu ...more
Was reading The Fifth Risk in the tube. A well-dressed man got in, noticed the American flag Jenga on the cover and immediately exclaimed “The Fifth Risk, what do you think?” Before I had a chance to respond, he added in a polite American accent “I love the guy, I devour his books,” perhaps to allow me to temper my answer.
I’m a Michael Lewis fan. I’ve read enough of him to think I know him. So I wasn’t shy about my assessment.
“Tell you what,” I answered. “You know how half his books are about so ...more
Government agencies with boring titles like the department of energy, the department of agriculture, the department of commerce that hide their vital functions for US citizens and even the basics of what they do. The department of energy keeps track of spent reactor fuel and nuclear warheads and is vital to enforcing treaties on non-proliferation and tries its best to make sure terrorists or other actors don't build a nuclear bomb (dirty or otherwise) to attack an American city. It also is one o ...more
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
I've read many, many books on disasters--both natural and man-made--and I don't think any of those have scared me more than what I read in this book. My first thought after reading about the non-existent transition team for President Trump's new administration was, "Surely this can't be true." But the author presents example after example of a leadership team that has no idea of what the organizations do that they are supposed to be leading, and don't care that they have no idea. I guess this sh ...more