The Fifth RiskeBook - 2018
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.
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The government manages a vast array of critical services that keep us safe and underpin our lives. The Fifth Risk masterfully and vividly unspools the consequences of the Trump administration's presidential transition, taking us into the consequences when the people given control over our governm... Read More »
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The list of things that might go wrong inside the DOE was endless. The driver of a heavily armed unit assigned to move plutonium around the country was pulled over, on the job, for drunk driving. An 82 year old nun cut through the perimeter fence of a facility in Tennessee that housed weapons-grade nuclear material. A medical facility ordered a speck of plutonium for research, and a weapons lab clerk misplaced a decimal point and FedExed the researchers a chunk of the stuff so big it should have been under armed guard---whereupon horrified medical researchers tried to FedEx it back. pg 56
Since Perry was confirmed, his role has been ceremonial and bizarre. He pops up in distant lands and tweets in praise of this or that DOE program while his masters inside the White House create budgets to eliminate those very programs. His sporadic public communications have had in them something of the shell-shocked grandmother trying to preside over a pleasant family Thanksgiving dinner while pretending that her blind-drunk husband isn't standing naked on the dining room table waving the carving knife over his head. pg 48
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