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Oliver Letwin in Conversation

Oliver Letwin in Conversation

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As the world becomes better connected and we grow ever more dependent on technology, the risks to our infrastructure are multiplying. Whether it’s a hostile state striking the national grid (like Russia did with Ukraine in 2016) or a freak solar storm, our systems have become so interlinked that if one part goes down, so does the rest.

In this groundbreaking book, Apocalypse How? Technology and the Threat of Disaster, former government minister Oliver Letwin looks ten years into the future and imagines a UK in which the national grid has collapsed. Taking us from high-level government meetings to elderly citizens waiting in vain for their carers, this book is a wake up call as to why we should question our unshakeable faith in technology, and more. Letwin also uses his vast experience in government to outline how businesses and government should respond to catastrophic black swan events that seem distant and implausible - until they occur.

Sir Oliver Letwin is MP for West Dorset. He has been an academic at Princeton and Cambridge universities, an investment banker and a cabinet minister at the top of the UK government.

One of the most important books of the year….Compelling
-Jamie Bartlett, Literary Review

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