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The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy (Paperback)

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Things you probably won't feel the same way about after reading this book:                                                                                         --the Cabinet Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce (an insider's look at what they really do is the focus o Lewis's book)                                                                                                                                                                                       --AccuWeather                                                                                                                                                                                    --big data                                                                                                                                                                                            --Chris Christie (who briefly ran the Trump team's transition)                                                                                                            --inorganic kitty litter                                                                                                                                                                  Things you will probably feel the same about: Donald Trump's fitness for office. No one explains the intersection of science and economics in a more powerful way than Michael Lewis. A look at how an incoming administration's ignorance, greed, and laziness are putting America at risk.

— From Carla's Picks


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.

About the Author

Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

Praise For…

A hymn to the 'deep state,' which is revealed as nothing more than people who know what they're talking about.
— Cory Doctorow

Fascinating—and at times harrowing…Lewis tells an important and timely story, one that all of us who pay for, care about, and want government to work should hear.
— Brian Naylor

Lewis has written a countercultural, almost subversive, book: one that praises the intellectual curiosity, dedication, foresight and sense of mission he finds among America’s federal workers.
— Carlos Lozada

[A] spellbinding, alarming analysis of the most serious threats to Americans’ safety happening now from inside the U.S. government.
— Don Oldenburg

[The Fifth Risk is] so prescient it’s goosepimpling.

— Jennifer Senior
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393357455
ISBN-10: 0393357457
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English