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The fifth risk, Michael Lewis

Label
The fifth risk
Title
The fifth risk
Statement of responsibility
Michael Lewis
Title variation
5th risk
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? '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 gain without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing the cost. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it's better never to really understand those problems. There is an 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."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lewis, Michael
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Administrative agencies
  • Government executives
  • Public administration
  • Civil service
  • United States
Label
The fifth risk, Michael Lewis
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Lost in transition -- Tail risk -- People risk -- All the President's data
Edition
First edition.
Extent
221 pages ; 25 cm
Isbn
9781324002642
Lccn
2018038204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1035748189
  • (OCoLC)on1035748189
  • 971154
Label
The fifth risk, Michael Lewis
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Lost in transition -- Tail risk -- People risk -- All the President's data
Edition
First edition.
Extent
221 pages ; 25 cm
Isbn
9781324002642
Lccn
2018038204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1035748189
  • (OCoLC)on1035748189
  • 971154

Library Locations

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