The Fifth Risk

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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...

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Malcolm Gladwell Writer & JournalistIt's good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like. (Source)

Tom Wolfe Saturation reporting, conceptual thinking of a high order, a rich sense of humor, and talent to burn. (Source)

Tim Harford Michael Lewis could spin gold out of any topic he chose. (Source)

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Ed Miliband Very happy to talk this week on #CheerfulBookClub to the brilliant Michael Lewis about his long-standing interest in markets that fail from baseball to Wall Street, as well as his new book on Donald Trump and why it’s a defence of public service. Listen below (Source)

Elizabeth Spiers Also, @justinamash, you might find this book interesting on that point--especially considering that the author is not exactly a big government advocate: The Fifth Risk (Source)

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