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Best-selling author, former White House speechwriter, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America's future.

"From Russia to South Africa, from Turkey to the Philippines, from Venezuela to Hungary, authoritarian leaders have smashed restraints on their power. Media freedom and judicial independence have eroded. The right to vote remains, but the right to have one's vote counted fairly may not. Until the US presidential election of 2016, the global decline of democracy seemed a concern for other peoples in other lands.... That complacent optimism has been upended by the political rise of Donald Trump. The crisis is upon Americans, here and now."

Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably. As he and his family enrich themselves, the presidency itself falls into the hands of the generals and financiers who surround him.

While much of the country has been focused on Russia, David Frum has been collecting the lies, obfuscations, and flagrant disregard for the traditional limits placed on the office of the presidency. In Trumpocracy, he documents how Trump and his administration are steadily damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy. During his own White House tenure as George W. Bush's speechwriter, Frum witnessed the ways the presidency is limited not by law but by tradition, propriety, and public outcry, all now weakened. Whether the Trump presidency lasts two, four, or eight more years, he has changed the nature of the office for the worse, and likely for decades.

In this powerful and eye-opening book, Frum makes clear that the hard work of recovery starts at home. Trumpocracy outlines how Trump could push America toward illiberalism, what the consequences could be for our nation and our everyday lives, and what we can do to prevent it.

©2018 David Frum (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Lifelong liberal loves David Frum!

David Frum knows that his readers are mostly liberal and so he uses this book to get his conservative points heard by an uncharacteristic audience. Nevertheless, his criticism of the Trump presidency is withering because he is a principled man. Men of principles can disagree and still respect each other, men without principles can only throw tantrums. He makes excellent arguments of how Trump has taken the presidency to unforeseen depths.

My favorite passage is about the "thuggery and crookedness" of the Trump White House. Before this passage at the end of chapter 8 he quotes Vaclav Havel in eloquent praise of the United States as the guiding light to democracy on the occasion of the fall of the Berlin wall. Frum's own thoughts on our current state are dark and foreboding. The juxtaposition of the two statements will serve as a touchstone for a future generation living in bondage if we do not heed the warning and right the ship of state! In a generation, I for one do not want to live in a kleptocracy where our democratic institutions have been utterly debased and think fondly on how great America was in 2015 but that seems to be where we are headed.

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it is what it says it is.

I'll be listening to this again. There are aspects of the rise od radical right wing ideology that i thought i had a solid grip on until i heard this book and took a double take on my previous understsnding of the subject matter and I think thats what makes a work of any kind "good."

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#45, An account of his pseudo political presence

Loved the book. I enjoyed the sprinkling of quotes for historical context and shore up points. The last three chapters were poignant. I bought the auible book and finished it in two and half days listening at work and my commute home.

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The Political Science of the Trump Fiasco

Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, written by David Frum, and narrated by James Anderson Foster. No political scientist (speech writer or analyst) lays out the partisan and dogmatic field of policies better than David Frum. His brilliance is definitely on display here. That alone would make this book enjoyable. Mr. Frum, though, also conveys his dread for our republic because of the diminution of its democratic norms which he claims are being engendered by President Trump. A reading of his study makes one feel as though the concept of American Exceptionalism may be suffering a metastasized evil potion of malevolent intent and autocratic thirst.

An issue confronted by Mr. Frum is the self-interest and accumulation of wealth the Trump family is obtaining from their opportunity; to the detriment of the national wealth and overall American interest. There is a chapter on Trump lies which, although it repeats a history you and I personally lived through becomes overwhelming when heard in one fell swoop (check out Macbeth). The analysis of the danger of the Trump statement that the free press is “the enemy of the people” is cogently clear and depressing because this statement now comes from an American President (only repeating the words the Russian Dictator Stalin had used to acquire his unchecked power). The book breaks down all the issues surrounding the Trump presidency, with shattering insight. That, by the way, from a very strong conservative political philosopher, i.e., David Frum.

There is a threat with the Presidency and David Frum lays it out clearly.

This is not a tell all and bring down the rafters story. This is not damn someone, something or the political system. This is not bombastic. This is true scientific analysis of the political strategies deployed by the body politic. This is a study of what was and remains wrong with professional political thinking. Herein you will find why the Republicans and Democrats were unable to see the needs of the people. Why political operatives become sycophants to the powerful; and why being a sycophant puts you into the President’s camp – quite nicely thank you.

There are several books out now reviewing either how Donald Trump became president, what, if any, were his ties to Russia, and/or his competency. They all seem to be well written and probative of facts available to all. They all leave you with the head scratching issue of how we, as Americans, with our love for democracy have elected this know nothing man. Mr. Frum provides the answer.

James Anderson Foster’s reading was not bad, but . . . ?

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