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The Fifth Risk

By: Michael Lewis
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
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Publisher's summary

What happens when the President of the United States governs one Tweet at a time? When the elected leader of the free world may not have a firm grasp on the names of government agencies, much less an understanding of their intricate inner-workings? In the days following the 2016 inauguration, government personnel searched for answers that didn’t exist, while White House staff scoured halls for employees who would never be appointed.

Lewis’s insightful work is as much a testament to the unsung heroes who routinely go unnoticed in the unglamorous business of government as it is a criticism of the current administration’s negligence. He finds tireless public servants whose conviction and deep awareness keep schools in session and food programs afloat. Far from anti-government, The Fifth Risk is a powerful ode to those rare people who hold firm in their convictions and, despite all odds and opposition, remember why they got into government in the first place: to benefit society and better mankind.

Please note: Included with The Fifth Risk is the entirety of The Coming Storm, the Audible Original story of two scientists who revolutionized climate predictions, bringing warning systems to previously unimaginable levels of accuracy. Michael Lewis uncovers the potential cost of putting a price tag on life-saving information.

©2018 Michael Lewis (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: History

Our favorite moments from The Fifth Risk

Election night 2016… in Trump Tower.
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Bannon and Christie attempt explaining federal law to Trump.
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Across the US government, the same thing happened: nothing.
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Some of the risks were easy to manage. Most weren’t.
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  • Election night 2016… in Trump Tower.
  • The Fifth Risk
  • Bannon and Christie attempt explaining federal law to Trump.
  • The Fifth Risk
  • Across the US government, the same thing happened: nothing.
  • The Fifth Risk
  • Some of the risks were easy to manage. Most weren’t.

Publisher's summary

What happens when the President of the United States governs one Tweet at a time? When the elected leader of the free world may not have a firm grasp on the names of government agencies, much less an understanding of their intricate inner-workings? In the days following the 2016 inauguration, government personnel searched for answers that didn’t exist, while White House staff scoured halls for employees who would never be appointed.

Lewis’s insightful work is as much a testament to the unsung heroes who routinely go unnoticed in the unglamorous business of government as it is a criticism of the current administration’s negligence. He finds tireless public servants whose conviction and deep awareness keep schools in session and food programs afloat. Far from anti-government, The Fifth Risk is a powerful ode to those rare people who hold firm in their convictions and, despite all odds and opposition, remember why they got into government in the first place: to benefit society and better mankind.

Please note: Included with The Fifth Risk is the entirety of The Coming Storm, the Audible Original story of two scientists who revolutionized climate predictions, bringing warning systems to previously unimaginable levels of accuracy. Michael Lewis uncovers the potential cost of putting a price tag on life-saving information.

©2018 Michael Lewis (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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About the Author

A best-selling and critically acclaimed author, Michael Lewis is also the narrator of his Audible Originals for Audible Studios. Lewis is renowned for disrupting industries and exposing systemic injustices by probing the lives of individual people in his previous works. Want the lowdown on the financial system? Understand the industry through the moves of one shark finessing it in Lewis’s nonfiction classic The Big Short. Yearn to learn how baseball really works? Feast your ears on Moneyball, and listen to the men who uncovered the hidden numbers game within the game. Tough issues of race and class become relatable in The Blind Side as Lewis tells the true story of a black high school student living with an evangelical family. In The Coming Storm, the first his four Audible Originals, Lewis focuses his unique brand of nuanced reportage on the implications of state-of-the-art weather data. His second Audible Original, The Fifth Risk is an incisive survey of the state of government in America and the exceptional dedication of unsung public servants.

About the Performer

Victor Bevine is an author, actor, and narrator who has worked extensively for over 35 years. His short film, Desert Cross, won accolades at the Athens International Film Festival. His screenplay, Certainty, was chosen for two writers’ conferences (LA Outfest, Hamptons International Film Festival) and served as the basis for his first novel, published in 2014. Victor spent two seasons as artistic director of the L.A. Classical Theatre Lab and has worked extensively with non-profits in New York and Los Angeles teaching the power of storytelling to young people in underserved communities. As an actor, Victor has appeared on and off-Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle in the Square and Playwrights Horizon. On the big screen he has appeared most notably in the screen adaptation of John Knowles' A Separate Peace, and has acted in dozens of guest and recurring roles on the small. A four-time Audie nominee, winner of multiple Earphones Awards, and over 350 narrated titles to his credit, Victor is very proud to be a member of the corps of Audible narrators helping to bring great storytelling to a new world of readers.

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