What a great presentation of facts, people and circumstances into a story that is hard to put down. As scary as many of the details are...it’s important for all Americans to understand the current state and the amazing people that have insured our safety and security throughout their service to our country and communities.
Well done...I only hope Mr. Lewis gets on more shows to share his findings. I see another movie in the making soon.
Ms. Hush Puppy
Is this a book? I read this in e-book form so when it ended, I was surprised. Lewis's thesis is not fully-fleshed out, but is well-supported in parts. No real conclusions or predictions or parallels to other branches of government--why or why not.
I highlighted very liberally reading this. The core premise - that the United States government is something that most people really don't understand, or understand the ways they depend and have depended on it, and that the Trump administration is dedicated to staying ignorant even as they're charged with running it - is very effectively communicated.
But what's more, Lewis - as he always does - is extremely adept at actually educating you in the process and making you care about the things he cares about.
Some of his personal portraits, too...
Fantastic book. If you want to better understand some of the pieces of our government, and understand the stakes of placing them in the hands of inept cronies... read it.
Slow but satisfying. The author has a knack for shedding light on the unnoticed facets of our government. And the negligence that they are faced with in this administration.
As I read the sample section this book had my full attention.
Shortly after I downloaded and paid for it ,the focus shifted and became less interesting. I thought it was going to describe the mindset of the Donald. I was bored all the way to the finish line or in this case the cash register. Come on Mike you can do better than this!
Some points in the book became slow and tedious. Not crazy about this one.
...this one seemed phoned in. First disappointment in a long time, including older books like “Losers”, which I went back and read.
Like Billy Beane, no one can be perfect forever.
As a young journalist, I was told there are no dull stories, just dull writers. Lewis takes what would be a dull subject, the energy and commerce departments, and makes it exciting, including tornado chasing by the National Weather Service. My only complaint is the book is fairly short.
Of course the job Trump’s tradition “team” did and did not not do was abominable, but the book focused on three narrow instances. Although these are likely microcosms of all the agencies experiences during the transition, other examples would have been more helpful rather than dedicating 1/3 of the book on the NOAA, despite the value of its data. The author lost me when he condemned the Ferguson police and referred to Michael Brown as an unarmed and innocent teenager. Showed explicit bias that cast doubt on every other assertion in the book, even though I have heard other evidence supporting the inept transition process. Meh book.
OK, we know the Trump administration is a clueless reality show, but I didn’t need to know that much about the inner workings of NOAA. Most of it a very boring read.
Mr. Lewis does it again. One of my favorite authors.
I am a democrat, but blaming the right for this level of complexity is absurd. One or two managers out of 100,000 do not matter a bit. Please check on how long it took prior administrations took to build cabinets. In short, a very thin book with biased and thinner arguments. Remember, I am the resistance!