The Corruption of the American Republic

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A New York Times Bestseller!

Bestselling 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.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, , [2018]600
ISBN: 9780062796738
Branch Call Number: 973.933092 Fru
Characteristics: xvi, 301 pages ; 24 cm


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tomato Feb 07, 2018

Excellent book, though a bit chilling. Frum is normally more conservative than I'd like, but he lays out Trump and the Republican party for all to see, and the picture isn't pretty.

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Sep 27, 2018

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Aug 13, 2018

The best book available on Trump. Meticulously researched. Frum, one of the few principled conservatives left, along with George Will, David Brooks and others, is urging people to vote Democrat in the upcoming midterms. Find out why by reading this book.

Jun 24, 2018

I agree with other reviewers that this book is an eye opener. I believe that Donald Trump is the least Presidential President ever to sit in the Oval Office. A man, who gives no respect, deserves no respect. He has already changed American politics and it will not recover for perhaps 25 to 40 years. It will never be the same after America finally sees this man for who he is; a despicable bully.

Jun 10, 2018

Excellent book. Eye opening. I wish every American would read it. Fairly easy read considering all the detailed information. The level and depth of corruption is shocking and alarming. Not sure the US will ever fully recover. The Trump administration may have changed the US forever.

Jun 07, 2018

I have never been a fan of the rather humorless, self-important and ultra-conservative David Frum, so this detailed and unsparing examination of the rise of Donald Trump comes as a pleasant surprise to me. I use the word "pleasant" advisedly of course given the grim subject matter; we are in perilous times here and Frum does not mince words.

I cannot imagine America will be foolish enough to allow the likes of Donald Trump a second term, but then, I could not have imagined his getting elected in the first place. Someone once characterized George W. Bush's term of office as an experiment that should never have been allowed to happen. Surely that assessment applies more directly to Trump. Compared to Donald Trump, Bush was Abraham Lincoln, he was Roosevelt, he was Eisenhower.

Savor this thoughtful and timely book. You may want to buy it, as I plan to, just to have it on your shelf to refer to again. Of all the bracing and well-researched accounts of the first days and years of the benighted Donald Trump presidency, "Trumpocracy" will stand the test of the time as one of the very best.

Things seem irrevocably bleak now, but I am trying not to give in to despair. Stand up, pay attention--and vote! Other nations have survived terrible leaders; we will survive The Time of Trump. The final chapter of this book is titled "Hope." Its final paragraph will move you to tears.

May 31, 2018

David Frum is not an American (unless he has dual citizenship). He is Canadian just like his mother, Barbara. He still owns a home in Ontario. He comes from Canadian journalistic royalty and is not fake news. I believe that his reporting is as unbiased as he can make it, so you can probably trust him.

May 28, 2018

I appreciate seeing that there are some caring Republican Conservatives who can look carefully at someone and recognize them for what they are. This is not a critique by some crazy Liberal but a real American who can face the truth about our current President.

May 07, 2018

I am beginning to feel like the frog placed in a kettle of water over a low flame. Although I am an avid reader of news, I do not maintain notes of what I read. Reading David Frum's meticulously gathered information about Trump's actions, and those of the rump kissers who surround him, as he interacts with others should have the ordinary and caring Janes and Joes that make up this great nation of ours shivering in their boots and sandals. Secret deals with those (inside and outside our borders) who work to bring us down, money skimming (stealing) to fill the Trump coffers, onerous tax and health programs, and more are easily and simply outlined in Frum's "Trumpocracy." His wide and diverse resource notes are included to provide more in-depth information for readers who might not otherwise believe what one man says.

As a nation we occasionally stumble, but we are great--and NOT because of Trump who rather than draining the swamp is doing everything in his power to enlarge it. If we don't get out of the kettle, and soon, we'll all be served up on a plate. Bread and a circus are transitory; we deserve better.

May 06, 2018

Trump captured the Republican nomination by exploiting the growing rift between the party's elitist establishment and its rank and file voters; now this same privileged group is Trump's primary enabler

Apr 24, 2018

Really, are all these books on Trump really necessary????????????!!!!!!!
All one need know is that Trump's appointee to head the SEC is also head of WMB Holdings, with his wifey, which is the parent company of CSC, or Corporation Services Company, one of THE major tax haven-creation entities in existence.
In other words, the new SEC head is king of the tax havens!
Of course, Trump's Treasury secretary, Mnuchin, was one of the fraudclosure kings, those types which neither Bush nor Obama sent to prison, and is then rewarded by Trump - - and his DoE secretary, DeVoss, is sister to Erik Prince, agent of China [Frontier Services Group], which SHOULD automatically bar her from holding any Cabinet-level position, as well as any type of security clearance!!!

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Feb 24, 2018

I was accosted by an attendee who objected to my comments in a panel discussion. My interlocutor said something like, "We cant't stop Donald Trump by going soft. If we want to stop him, we have to imitate him." I answered, "But if you imitate him, you won't stop him. You'll only replace him." pg.235

Feb 24, 2018

If conservatives become convinced they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy. The stability of American society depends on conservatives' ability to find a way forward from the Trump dead end, toward a conservatism that can not only win elections but also govern responsibly, a conservatism that is culturally modern, economically inclusive, and environmentally responsible... pg.207

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