The Resource The fifth risk, by Michael Lewis

The fifth risk, by Michael Lewis

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The fifth risk
Title
The fifth risk
Statement of responsibility
by Michael Lewis
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? 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. Lewis takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders, a world in which there is an upside to ignorance, and downside to knowledge. -- adapted from information provided
  • Lewis (The Big Short) exposes a less sensational but significant danger posed by the Trump administration's approach to governance. As he recounts in an ambiguously sourced prologue, Trump's transition team actively refused to learn about much of what the federal government does, and made ill-considered leadership and budget choices regarding three obscure, but vital, agencies: the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce. Members of each department in the Obama administration prepared detailed briefing materials to educate incoming appointees about the agencies' missions and responsibilities, only to have their work ignored or discounted; for example, when Trump's commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, was told that the department's mission was mainly science and technology, Ross responded, "Yeah, I don't think I want to be focusing on that." Lewis accessibly explains the important things that Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce actually do, including "reducing the world's supply of weapons of mass destruction," safely disposing of nuclear waste, administering nutritional assistance programs, and collecting data to improve weather forecasting. He also persuasively documents the dangers that result from placing people without the necessary skills in charge of these departments and from cutting funding. This is an illuminating primer on some of the government projects most crucial to the well-being of the populace, and its relevance to readers won't end with the Trump era. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?
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New York Times Notable Book, 2018
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10732701
Cataloging source
DLC
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Lewis, Michael
Dewey number
320.973/09052
Index
no index present
LC call number
E912
LC item number
.L48 2019b
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print popular narrative and nonfiction
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  • Administrative agencies
  • Government executives
  • Public administration
  • Civil service
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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undoing democracy
Label
The fifth risk, by Michael Lewis
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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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
Control code
1057242207
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
279 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432861841
Lccn
2018049305
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Label
The fifth risk, by 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
Control code
1057242207
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
279 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432861841
Lccn
2018049305
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n

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