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The Fifth Risk

Undoing Democracy

Michael Lewis

The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy waited to brief the administration’s transition team on the agency it would soon be running. Nobody appeared. Across all departments the stories were the same: Trump appointees were few and far between; those who did show up were shockingly uninformed abou...
Publish Date
December 3
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Dec 21, 2018
As we approach the end of 2018, I wanted to share some of the books that I’ve enjoyed reading this year.      source
Jan 01, 2019
Michael Lewis’ latest book, The Fifth Risk, highlights just how bad things might get if we continue to neglect and undermine the machinery of government. It’s not just the political fracturing of our country that should concern us; it’s the fact that government plays a critical role in infrastructure, in innovation, and in the safety net. That role has gradually been eroded, and the cracks that are appearing in the foundation of our society are coming at the worst possible time.      source
Dec 17, 2020
@brianstorms @NatashaBertrand That’s one of the most important books I’ve read in the past couple of years. Notably, it came out right around the time the government shut down further establishing Lewis’s point.      source
Dec 13, 2018
There is no better author to make the federal bureaucracy an exciting read.      source
Nov 07, 2020
Great book on the details of the transfer of power last time around - for sure there will be enough material for multiple books with what happens over the next 90 days.      source