Random Commuter Observations (RCOs): Living the Dream on the Way to Work

Post Hill Press
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Stress, inconsiderate people, sweat, delays, really strange smells, massive crowds, wearying bureaucracy, funny conversations overheard, and startling things seen…these “joys” and more are the unavoidable facts of life for millions of commuters.

 

Author Mike Lewis – writer, people person, observer of mankind, and fellow commuter – has regularly chronicled his adventures and gathered them into a collection of snarky, humorous, and informative observations and advice.

 

Believing wholeheartedly that laughter can help us cope, this veteran of the Commuter Wars wants to help others get through their day. Random Commuter Observations (RCOs) turns a weary, exacerbated eye to the fun and revelry of commuting by showcasing funny cartoons and real-life headlines of commuting nightmares, combined with Mike’s pithy comments.

RCOs is for all of us who trudge to work every day – whether by train, bus, or automobile  – to serve as a remembrance of your daily adventures. Not.

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About the author

Michael Lewis is the author of ten books, including The 100 Best Beatles Songs and A Guy Walks Into a Bar. A longtime book editor and chronic commuter, he has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. He lives in Westwood, NJ.

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Publisher
Post Hill Press
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Published on
May 29, 2018
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Pages
279
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ISBN
9781682616420
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Language
English
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Genres
Humor / Form / Anecdotes & Quotations
Humor / Topic / Business & Professional
Humor / Topic / Travel
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What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?

"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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