The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy - Michael Lewis

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

By Michael Lewis

  • Release Date: 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Political Science
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Description

The New York Times Bestseller, with a new afterword

"[Michael Lewis’s] most ambitious and important book." —Joe Klein, New York Times

Michael Lewis’s brilliant narrative of the Trump administration’s botched presidential transition takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its leaders through willful ignorance and greed. The government manages a vast array of critical services that keep us safe and underpin our lives from ensuring the safety of our food and drugs and predicting extreme weather events to tracking and locating black market uranium before the terrorists do. The Fifth Risk masterfully and vividly unspools the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works.

Reviews

  • Great summary of the impact of a ignorant government.

    5
    By gndclouds
    Clearly identifies long term risks of the ignorance of the current government And how that may play out. Truly troubling to hear what the true impact of a 4 year trump presidency will be.
  • The Fifth Risk - A Serious Focus on Our Government

    5
    By Bob Magnant
    Michael Lewis is a wonderful storyteller, who will definitely raise your interest and will not disappoint you. ‘The Fifth Risk’ sets the bar high from the beginning, as he highlights the importance of the national security functions that the majority of our two million federal workers carry out and that we depend on around the clock, safeguarding our homes, maintaining nuclear weapons, our national security and our economic opportunities. As a 43-year veteran of federal service, I am pleased to hear him objectively describe and praise the people and the processes of government. He describes our dedicated professionals, who range from administrators to astronauts, that work to make life better for all of our citizens no matter their roots or their aspirations. As Lewis says, our government has managed a portfolio of risks that no private person or corporation is able to manage; ‘the risk we should most fear is not the risk we easily imagination. It is the risk that we don’t.’ His perspective of our country’s opportunities gained and threatened by changing political processes in recent years offers readers a great deal of food for thought both as citizens and individuals as we pursue our lives and careers and plan for our alternative futures. His clear vision makes me wonder just how closely his descriptions reflect the actual events described. I believe that Americans across the land will appreciate this snapshot of our government at work. Bob Magnant is the author of ‘INCREDIBLE Storytelling' on iTunes, 'Domestic Satellite: An FCC Giant Step' and 'The Last Transition...', a fact-based novel about Iran. He writes about the political process, globalization, the Internet and US policy.
  • The Fifth Risk - Michael Lewis

    2
    By Apgigs
    Not his best, story went no where but was still worth the read given the political situation we are all in and concern over government working for the people. Support NOAA and any other government agency you rely on, we all do and may not know it.
  • Buy this book as fast as you can!

    4
    By Piggy569
    EVERY American should read this book and take in the material with an open mind. If we don’t we will truly be doomed.
  • Goosebumps at the end

    5
    By BendYourTaxes
    Wow, what a great book. I always pick books that I feel might test my political views, most of them do for a day two, this one continues to resinate.
  • Horrible

    1
    By johnny spastic
    Awful attempt to persuade reader that government is useful. Private enterprise would do a better job if given the same footing! Johnny spastic
  • Okay

    3
    By Sssssftteeevvveee
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  • Boring!

    1
    By EndlessSummer05
    I can’t figure out what the point of this book is. It’s just a few interviews with some civil-service workers whom Lewis seems to have selected at random. They’re all unhappy with the Trump administration because there is no direction from above. I get that, but Lewis makes that point in the first few pages. After that, it just rambles along with one pointless anecdote after another.
  • Good, but misleading about the book’s theme

    4
    By AnnandaleMort
    I thought this book was more about the Trump administration not staffing various positions in the federal government. Instead it was a fascinating look at what leads various government employees to do what they do, and how important (and underappreciated) their jobs are. In that regard, the book was fascinating.
  • A Lewis Flop

    2
    By Tjp1234
    I have always enjoyed ML’s books and agreed with and learned things. This one was a flop!! Michael I’m sorry you don’t like President Trump, at least half of the country loves him. He won and I’m guessing your candidate lost. Go back to your old style of writing and keep your political beliefs to yourself.