The Corruption of the American Republic

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062796738
Characteristics: xvi, 301 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2018

Trumpacracy was shown as being available for pickup at the Blackstone branch but I and they could not find it. What to do and where is the book? It is now on my "save for later " shelf. Karen-Rose Hansen

Mar 04, 2018

David Frum lays out the path that led to Donald Trump's election. He points out the rot started in 2000, with economic concerns and divisive politics causing voters to be more dis-trustful not just of elected officials but of the rules that govern the ethos of governance. His list of "Pre-Existing Conditions" points out all the ways politicians used and abused their authority for ideological ends.
Also, he explains how Trump voters fall for conspiracy theories and fake news in a media echo chamber that Donald Trump also follows.

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.

Jan 31, 2018

Really, are all these books on Trump truly 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!

Jan 31, 2018

What a disappointing effort from David Frum!  While I do not share many of the author's political convictions, he is one of the writers I turn to to better understand neoconservative Republican viewpoints.  His writing in "The Atlantic" magazine, where Frum is a senior editor, is usually crisp and his points well substantiated, so I was looking forward to reading a strongly argued position expanding on his many articles addressing the peculiarities of the Trump campaign and presidency.  I was specifically interested in reading more about a concern he raised in the March 2017 issue of the magazine, addressing a trend since 2000 of the slow and insidious erosion of world democracies and the subsequent rise of authoritarianism.

"Trumpocracy" makes some fair points and has a few highly quotable tidbits, but the title largely comes across as a disorganized, rambling, low-energy rant, obsessively cataloguing the multiple transgressions of Trump against political norms, while offering little of the cogent analysis or historical perspective that would have made his argument regarding the dangers to our democracy persuasive or even understandable. Frum's railing at the rise of Trump seems to arise more from anger at the Republican Party's know-nothing populist lurch sidelining his neoconservative friends and principles rather than arising from a genuine concern for our nation.

If you are interested in the question of whether Trump's political behavior presents a threat to our democracy, I would highly suggest reading "How Democracies Die" instead.  Where the arguments in "Trumpocracy" are a scattershot, angry reaction to the abuses of Trump and his circle, the authors of "How Democracies Die" take the time and care to organize their points, supporting them with historical and comparative examples, with the effect that the reader is informed rather than inflamed.  "HDD" confines its argument to Trump's damage to the mechanisms and norms of democracy, and this sharper focus helps their case.


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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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