The Fifth Risk




      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 Lewis s 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, it s not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters If your ambition is to maximize short term gains without regard to the long term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it s better never to really understand those problems There is upside to ignorance, and downside to knowledge Knowledge makes life messier It makes it a bit difficult for a person who wishes to shrink the world to a worldview.If there are dangerous fools in this book, there are also heroes, unsung, of course They are the linchpins of the system those public servants whose knowledge, dedication, and proactivity keep the machinery running Michael Lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night. Read The Fifth Risk – heartforum.co.uk

Michael Lewis, the best selling author of Liar s Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.


      The Fifth Risk
 By Michael   Lewis IBN : 1324002646 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 219 pages
  • The Fifth Risk
  • Michael Lewis
  • English
  • 17 March 2018
  • 1324002646

10 thoughts on “ The Fifth Risk

  1. Darwin8u says:

    It s the places in our government where the cameras never roll that you have to worry about the mostMichael Lewis, The Fifth Risk I ve read several books about President Trump and his administration in the last couple years They all depress me a bit I feel like I m reading some real time version of Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire But none of the other Trump books scared me like this one did Lewis isn t interested in the Fox MSNBC politics or the Twitter level anxiety ofIt s the places in our government where the cameras never roll that you have to worry about the mostMichael Lewis, The Fifth Risk I ve read several books about President Trump and his administration in the last couple years They all depress me a bit I feel like I m reading some real time version of Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire But none of the other Trump books scared me like this one did Lewis isn t interested in t...

  2. Diane S ☔ says:

    What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works This is the opening sentence in the book summary and also the first sentence inside the book jacket Lewis takes us inside a few Departments of our federal government, talking to those who work there in the past and present Showing us what these Departments do what they are responsible for, programs and oversights Have to admit I didn t know all the things they did, but then again I doubt many What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works This is the opening sentence in the book summary and also the first sentence inside the book jacket Lewis takes us inside a few Departments of our federal government, talking to those who work there in the past and present Showing us what these Departments do what they are responsible for, programs and oversights Have to admit I didn t know all the things they did, but then again I doubt many people do, including our current government.The Dept of Energy, the Dept of Agriculture, to...

  3. Sam Quixote says:

    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 bitnuanced in its critique of the Trump administration, focusing instead on what its lackadaisical attitude to the country s major institutions co 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 bitnuanced in its critique of the Trump administration, focusing instead on what its lackadaisical attitude to the country s major institutions could mean to ...

  4. Melki says:

    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 ...

  5. Bill Kerwin says:

    Once again Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Big Short, chooses as his protagonists a few ingenious manipulators of data, but this time he does so with a difference the self effacing statistical warriors he singles out for praise are bureaucrats of the United States federal government, a class generally overlooked and often despised These bureaucrats, however, are people not only familiar with the resources of their agencies but also committed to using them to make lives better for th Once again Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Big Short, chooses as his protagonists a few ingenious manipulators of data, but this time he does so with a difference the self effacing statistical warriors he singles out for praise are bureaucrats of the United States federal government, a class generally overlooked and often despised These bureaucrats, however, are people not only familiar with the resources of their agencies but also committed to using them to make lives better for the American citizens who pay their ...

  6. Athan Tolis says:

    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 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...

  7. HBalikov says:

    Lewis is not a fan of the Trump Administration If it is politics that initially shaped that determination and I am not sure it was , it is facts about our government and how it has evolved to provide us with safety, security and information that are the genesis of this book I found this one of the scariest books I have read about the immediate future in the USA It haunts my dreams It makes every day a little bitdifficult to get through Why Because Lewis is a master at articulating t Lewis is not a fan of the Trump Administration If it is politics that initially shaped that determination and I am not sure it was , it is facts about our government and how it has evolved to provide us with safety, security and information that are the genesis of this book I found this one of the scariest books I have read about the immediate future in the USA It haunts my dreams It makes every day a little bitdifficult to get through Why Because Lewis is a master at articulating the reasons why I cannot, should not, take for granted, many of the things that I have taken for granted It s the reason I can only read a little of this book at a time.I have selected some quotes from the book some are his direct observations and some are Lewis quoting others Let me know how...

  8. Brad says:

    Lewis is such a remarkable writer that I sometimes find myself envious of his ability to forge a compelling story where there doesn t seem to be anything It s useful to contrast The Fifth Risk with Bob Woodward s Fear, which I inhaled last month Woodward s book ferrets out things that happened crescendos of malevolence and arias of incompetence unbelievable though they sometimes seem.In contrast, Lewis amazing little book it arrived Tuesday night and I finished it early Thursday morning Lewis is such a remarkable writer that I sometimes find myself envious of his ability to forge a compelling story where there doesn t seem to be anything It s useful to contrast The Fifth Risk with Bob Woodward s Fear, which I...

  9. Richard Derus says:

    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 Thi...

  10. David says:

    This book is about three important but little understood government agencies And, the book is about the willful ignorance of the Trump administration, and its attempts to dismantle the agencies before even having the slightest idea, what these agencies do.After the two major political parties nominate a presidential candidate, the candidates form transition teams These teams are required by law to formulate transitions into government that will be as smooth as possible The transition teams ar This book is about three important but little understood government agencies And, the book is about the willful ignorance of the Trump administration, and its attempts to dismantle the agencies before even having the slightest idea, what these agencies do.After the two major political parties nominate a presidential candidate, the candidates form transition teams These teams are required by law to formulate transitions into government that will be as smooth as possible The transition teams are given office space in Washington DC in which to meet and plan Donald Trump did not want to appoint transition teams, because that would require se...

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