The Obama's First Netflix Project May Be An Adaptation of THE FIFTH RISK

I’ve been waiting to hear what kind of content former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama would work on since signing their deal with Netflix.

Now, we know what their first project may be… an adaptation of The Fifth Risk by author Michael Lewis. The book was released on October 2, 2018, and “provides an inside look at the inner workings of the U.S. government.” Collider reports that the idea behind the adaptation is to create a series to help people understand how the United States government works.

It is possible that this won’t actually happen, but it sounds like it could be a good project. There’s no word on if it would be a narrative or a docuseries though. Either way it should fulfill their intention of promoting content to educate and enrich people. I know that I’m intrigued to see what comes of this project.

This is not Lewis’ first work to be adapted. Previous adaptations include The Blind Side and Moneyball. Plus, Flash Boys is currently being adapted into a series at Netflix.

Here’s the official description of the book:

"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.

Michael Lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it’s not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.

Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters. If your ambition is to maximize short-term gains without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it’s better never to really understand those problems. There is upside to ignorance, and downside to knowledge. Knowledge makes life messier. It makes it a bit more difficult for a person who wishes to shrink the world to a worldview.

If there are dangerous fools in this book, there are also heroes, unsung, of course. They are the linchpins of the system―those public servants whose knowledge, dedication, and proactivity keep the machinery running. Michael Lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night.

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