The Fifth Risk

The Fifth Risk

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"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 more 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.
Alternative Title: 5th risk
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781324002642
Branch Call Number: 320.9730905
Characteristics: 221 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Nov 11, 2018

A very important book for anyone who seeks to understand some of the very insidious ways DT is undermining the American government.

Oct 13, 2018

Excellent book, everyone concerned about the current state of the US government should read this book.

Oct 11, 2018

Indie book sellers dropping like flies, and you bought from B&N. So much for "trying to make a living."

Oct 08, 2018

97 holds on 22 copies? I'm going to go out and buy my own copy. Michael Lewis is trying to make a living. Many of you can afford the book and read it before your hold number rises to the top. Besides, if you're intelligent enough to want to read such a book and live in San Mateo County, you must be making a good living. Don't be a cheapskate! Support the man!
Hey! It's the next day! I just bought my own copy of "The Fifth Risk" at Barnes&Noble! 30% off!


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