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The Fifth Risk

Undoing Democracy

Michael Lewis

This book uncovers the chaos that ensues when the transition team for President Trump fails to show up at the US Department of Energy to learn about their new roles. Michael Lewis' gripping narrative exposes the dangerous consequences of a government under attack by uninformed leaders who show disregard for the critical services that keep our society safe. From ensuring food and medication safety to tracking down black-market uranium, Lewis masterfully paints a vivid picture of the fallout when those in control lack understanding of the government's inner workings.
Publish Date
first published in 2018
Goodreads Rating
As we approach the end of 2018, I wanted to share some of the books that I’ve enjoyed reading this year.      source
Excellent book: “The Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis. It was written before COVID-19 but it explains a lot about how things are happening.      source
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
@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
There is no better author to make the federal bureaucracy an exciting read.      source
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