The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy
'Will set your hair on end' Telegraph, Top 50 Books of the Year
The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy - an agency that deals with some of the most powerful risks facing humanity - waited to welcome the incoming administration's transition team. Nobody appeared. Across the US government, the same thing happened: nothing.
People don't notice when stuff goes right. That is the stuff government does. It manages everything that underpins our lives from funding free school meals, to policing rogue nuclear activity, to predicting extreme weather events. It steps in where private investment fears to tread, innovates and creates knowledge, assesses extreme long-term risk.
And now, government is under attack. By its own leaders.
In The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis reveals the combustible cocktail of wilful ignorance and venality that is fuelling the destruction of a country's fabric. All of this, Lewis shows, exposes America and the world to the biggest risk of all. It is what you never learned that might have saved you.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hadden - www.librarything.com
Interesting but depressing account of the problems the Trump administration had in taking over the government. Many of his appointees to government departments like Energy, were either interested in ... Read full review
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This was a book that had me very angry and upset from the first page to the last page. With all that has been written about the Trump presidency, I have not heard any of the stories or concerns that ... Read full review