Join us for our first virtual book club meeting where we will discuss Michael Lewis' new book The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy. The fifth risk refers to the risk posed by incompetent government leaders who do not believe in the government agencies they run.
As in his previous books, such as Moneyball and The Big Short, Lewis examines the importance of data collection. The problem is that a lot of government data is now disappearing from government websites, such as data on climate change at the EPA, on animal abuse at the Department of Agriculture, on gun-related crime at the Department of Justice. For each act of data suppression, Lewis writes, there is usually "a narrow commercial motive: a gun lobbyist, a coal company, a poultry company." According to the NY Times, Lewis "doesn’t proselytize or offer solutions to fix our ailing democracy, which makes The Fifth Risk all the more effective as a call to arms".
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