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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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Bleeding heart Liberal snowflake digs David Frum

Well written, well spoken novel about our current political system. It is a fascinating deep dive into where we are and were we might go.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Analysis

Reading this book reminds me of not so distant days when Republicans and Democrats could respectfully disagree and value the other's opinion. Though David Frum holds ideas on tax reform, corporate regulation, and other such issue that I strenuously disagree with, I have always appreciated his brilliant, sober intellect. Since the rise of Trump, Frum has been a steady voice in so much noise, reminding us of the bedrock, essential American values we need to protect. On those foundational issues, he is firmly and courageously committed. This book delineates those values from the noise around us, reminding us of what we have to lose. However, the last chapter is surprisingly optimistic. I am grateful for that.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Read this book

Every citizen of the United States should read this book, especially Republicans. It is that important.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great book from a notable conservative

David Frum is a conservative with integrity. This book is a must read/listen. It exposes the grave danger this country is facing.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Read this instead of Fire and Fury

This is the most terrifying book I’ve read about the Trump phenomenon; especially so given that it comes from conservative thinker David Frum. Where as Fire and Fury is simply a laundry list of the craziness that is Donald Trump (eating cheeseburgers in bed, etc.), this book lays out the real and present dangers Trump is inflicting on our democracy. It should be required reading for all Trump voters past and future.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Insightful

Frum writes well and concisely. The book is remarkably comprehensive and insightful. The narration was excellent.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Concise summary of Trump

Well written summary of the Trump disaster with thoughtful analysis. Seems to carry more weight as it's written by a life long republican.

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Depressing

Depressing narrative of the political affairs under the "leadership" of Donald Trump. We can only hope the United States will wise up before we get too far down this path of autocracy we are on.



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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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Sobering expose of the current Presidency

What did you love best about Trumpocracy?

Well written and verifiable facts. Not as fun as Fire and Fury, but is a good assessment of what is going on and the effects that will be us for a long time.

If you could give Trumpocracy a new subtitle, what would it be?

We are screwed.

Any additional comments?

Very well written, but am tired of hearing why a bunch of people are upset and voted for a guy who is ill-suited to be on the job. Basically, it is because they actually have to go through what many in this country have lived with forever. Then even more insulting is what will happen if they are not dominant again though demographically that is not going to happen.

However, if you want a fact-based account of our current Presidency and our country, this book is a must-read.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful