The Fifth Risk

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The Fifth Risk
Fifth risk cover.jpg
AuthorMichael Lewis
CountryUnited States
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
Publication date
October 2, 2018

The Fifth Risk is a 2018 non-fiction book by Michael Lewis that examines the transition and political appointments of the Donald Trump presidency, especially with respect to three government agencies: the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce.[1][2][3][4][5] The book spent fourteen weeks on The New York Times non-fiction best-seller list.[6] A lengthy excerpt from the book was published twice by The Guardian,[7] using a quote from a top adviser to Trump in the title.

Barack and Michelle Obama acquired the rights to the book for an upcoming Netflix series about the U.S. government.[8] The comedy series, titled The G Word with Adam Conover, is "loosely inspired" by the book, and production is scheduled to begin in 2021.[9]


  1. ^ Szalai, Jennifer (October 2, 2018). "Michael Lewis Makes a Story About Government Infrastructure Exciting". Book Review. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Klein, Joe (2018-10-08). "Michael Lewis Wonders Who's Really Running the Government". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  3. ^ "The Fifth Risk". Kirkus Reviews. October 2, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Fifth Risk". Publishers Weekly. October 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Blasdel, Alex (2018-09-22). "Michael Lewis: The Big Short author on how Trump is gambling with nuclear disaster". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  6. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - Feb. 2, 2019 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  7. ^ This guy doesn't know anything: the inside story of Trump's shambolic transition team, The Guardian, September 27, 2018
  8. ^ Canfield, David (October 31, 2018). "The Obamas plan to adapt book about Trump administration for Netflix". Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  9. ^ White, Peter (19 November 2020). "The Obamas' Higher Ground & 'Adam Ruins Everything's Adam Conover Team On Government Comedy Series For Netflix, Based On Michael Lewis' 'The Fifth Risk'". Deadline. Retrieved 19 November 2020.