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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 11:38 PM

Just finished "The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis. Great book. Well written and very, very interesting

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Highly readable, as are all his books. Covers some of the “buried” functions that our government performs and how important they are. Based on real profiles of and interviews with people who work in these functions. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
It’s really, really interesting and I learned a lot. Didn’t want it to end.

“What would you name as the top 5 risks?
Lewis asks this question to former government employees from the departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce about their agencies.
The former chief risk officer at Energy answers: 1) a broken arrow (a lost or damaged nuclear missile/bomb), 2 and 3) North Korea and Iranian nuclear aggression, 4) the vulnerability of the electrical grid.
It is the 5th risk that Lewis focuses on, and it where the book’s title comes from. That risk is bad project management.
Most of what the government does, as Lewis points out, only makes the news when things go very badly. The real work of government involves dealing with enormously complex challenges that can’t be managed by the market.”

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Response to SharonAnn (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2019, 11:42 PM

1. I agree, and very disturbing, too.

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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 11:50 PM

2. I liked it too, very much. The t admin failure to transition should be

Headlines.

Admission: audiobook

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Mon Sep 23, 2019, 05:11 AM

3. Thanks for the post - just added this book to my wish list. - n/t

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Mon Sep 23, 2019, 05:36 AM

4. I've read most if not all of his previous books

Thanks for the info!

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Response to SharonAnn (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2019, 10:00 AM

5. Thanks

I looked it up on Amazon to read the reviews. I’ll consider purchasing it. The first few pages were interesting and held my attention. The author just dives right in to an incident in the first paragraph which is unusual and, to me, very good. It got my attention right away. I don’t like slogging through books, be that the sign of a good reader or not.

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