The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Could be called "Fear II: Civil Disservice". Woodward's narrative is more detail on a now-well-known picture. Lewis, who has my vote for current master of narrative nonfiction, does him one better - revealing the near-destruction of critical parts of the US civil service due to ignorance and disinterest.

The Fifth Risk is less Moneyball and more Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour, where he unlimbers his gift for finding the right people to lay bare complex topics in completely accessible and sometimes utterly terrifying ways. I know more about the Department of Energy and USDA than I ever thought I needed to, and the guilty head-in-the-sand part of me wishes I didn’t. A very important book.

Michael Tamblynhome