I remember being distraught when Trump began naming his cabinet, it was a a big "FU" to government and the agencies run by the government as he nominated people who were not only not qualified to lead those departments, but often were in open opposition to them. Ultra-corrupt Scott Pruitt had tried to sue the Environmental Protection Agency and Betsy De Vos, besides having no formal education experience, was anti-public education and supported charter schools and the dismantling of public education. These appointees and most of the others deeply troubling to me until I reasoned that career bureaucrats in these departments would continue doing what they had always done and insure that these vital government agencies would continue to serve the people. Michael Lewis proves this point in his newest book, The Fifth Risk (2018). Lewis looks at three misunderstood agencies, the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce, within the government and analyzes who little thought the Trump administration has given these vital agencies and how the people who work their continue to labor for the betterment of the nation as a whole rather than kowtow to partisan issues such as refuting global warming or indulging in practices to help the private sector benefit from government policies. Lewis achieves this with substantial interviews with key people in these agencies to find out what is done in them and what the people were responsible for in their jobs and to assess how they were approached by the new administration. The typical response to the first part was that people were invested in serving the people of the united states-a sense of mission for their fellow citizens. As for the later question most, of these agencies were met with indifference or incompetence and no agenda-it is no secret that Trump was wildly unprepared since he did not expect to win. In some cases they were promoting changes that would adversely effect his base like eliminating Rural Development from the Department of Agriculture or promote money making schemes like privatizing water. This is the second non fiction book I've read that pays substantial attention to predicting tornadoes in Oklahoma and the mid west (the other was Sam Anderson's book on Oklahoma City Boom Town). Lewis draws a parallel between the tornadoes and the current government when he ends the book by saying:
"And so you might have a good reason to pray for a tornado, whether it comes in the shape of swirling winds, or a political clan. You imagine the things doing the damage that you would like to see done, and no more. It's what you fail to imagine that kills you."