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Trumpocracy

The Corruption of the American Republic
De : David Frum
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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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  • EbonKrowne
  • 02/04/2018

I'm a liberal, buuuut.....

I greatly appreciate this opportunity for a look into a rational consevative's mind during the Trump administration. While I do disagree with him on many issues, I would greatly welcome the return of a Republican party that has the same mindset as the author. His rundown of the drawbacks and boons of the current presidential administration are a good insight into future politics.

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  • kevinf
  • 06/11/2018

Nice Rundown

This book was a nice run down of how we used to do some things in government and how things are different under a Trump Administration. It was enlightening to hear how a genuine conservative before the Trump administration sees how government can be eroding and corrupt from within. David's timelines we're especially informative from my perspective. He goes through who knew what and when they were saying different... or knew differently while being a part of public policy. The author did a nice job of describing the consequences of a Trump administration and a complicit Republican party. David makes a good case for a nation to come together and to recognize a democratic system in distress. The book is well written and Audible version is well narrated.

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  • Michael
  • 15/07/2018

Simply brilliant!

A beautifully written, informative and passionate book that explains the Trump presidency and also offers a view for the future.

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  • David P. Burke
  • 26/02/2018

A thoughtful and intelligent work

While I may not agree with Mr Frum on a number of political issues, he is one of a number of conservatives for which I have the greatest respect. He always makes me think and provides a thoughtful and well written analysis of issues and support for his views. Being a never trumpet I thought it would support my attitude and how I deal with trump supporters. While it reinforced much of what I thought, it made me think about how I interact with those who have led us into this debacle. It also helped me see the silver lining of Trump the list and bully. I’ll work on taking the high road.

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  • Judy Wixted
  • 21/04/2018

I Just Hope You're Right

Worthwhile, thoroughly researched, well-written. I hope to keep my optimism, despite finding such a thought...difficult, at present. It is very hard to continue to believe in the system that can be subverted by such an obvious racist, sexist, entitled opportunist (to say nothing of potentially criminal.) The hardest thing for me was recognizing in the interim between election day and the inaugural that like. I just did not WANT to be the bigger person. It's a whine, it's unAmerican to say so, but it's how I felt. It is my hope that by continuing to educate myself on all schools of political thought and by helping in any way I can fight back against this administration, that I can reclaim some sblance of the belief I once had in the American government and culture writ large. This book, from someone whom I otherwise disagree with on many fronts, was an excellent way to reaffirm the belief that even across the aisle, Americans have common goals: a good life for us, our children, our families and our friends. A system that trades highs and lows between parties, but as a "wise man once said" -- the arc of history is long but bends towards justice. Thank you for the book.

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  • Don
  • 24/02/2018

How we got here

By chapter nine I was thinking ok this is a review of what we already know. Then in chapter ten new insight began to grow out of the foundation. I suggest you do not skip nine chapters, but let the story unfold.

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  • ApplesToOranges301
  • 13/08/2019

Liberal here,

I'll be up front and let you know that I am a liberal who watches Bill Maher and agrees with 90% of what Bill says. However, this book was written by a smart, intelligent, and thoughtful conservative author; one whom I can see having an actual discussion with, still disagree with, and leave the table still liking him – knowing that he respects and loves America just as much as I do. Even though I usually disagree with his politics, I agree with 95% of this book. This book helps point out one thing - the issues liberals and conservatives have with Trump and his ilk are not of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (my quote, and not a talking point at the time this book was written), but rather us noticing the systematic dismantling of everything we hold dear as Americans. Even though this was written in 2017, almost everything Frum says in the book is either true, or has come true since the publishing of this book. I like that Frum sticks to his principles and does not cheer on his team no matter what. He sees the corruption and the long term effects that this presidency will have, and is not afraid to say them, GOP be damned. He is of a dying breed - honor above want, and country over Party. For that, I am grateful. It helps point out that his presidency is not normal, and that this is an urgent crisis for The United States of America.

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  • Karen B. Williams
  • 17/03/2018

Baby Boomers: Read this book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Trumpocracy to be better than the print version?

I can't say. I haven't read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

This was non-fiction. No characters.

What about James Anderson Foster and David Frum ’s performance did you like?

Foster had a good voice, and I think he did a good job reflecting the voice of David Frum.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

We will recover.

Any additional comments?

I am what most people would consider to be a liberal Democrat. Yes, I was doing GOTV for Hillary on election day. However, David Frum is an intelligent, and responsible adherent to American conservative values and policies. He poses a premise that all Americans need consider, else fall prey to anti-American agendas.

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  • Jonathan Schwarz
  • 27/01/2018

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.

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  • billy wheaton
  • 31/01/2018

Insightful

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

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  • Jörg Eggers
  • 30/03/2018

Wunderbares Buch, kam aus dem Grinsen nicht heraus

Dieses Buch entlarvt auf sehr angenehme Weise, was die aktuelle Admin mit dem blonden mit dem schwarzen Schuh alles kaputt macht. Es wird auch sachlich begründet, ist also kein reißerisches Buch.

Der Lesestil ist anhenehm und ich kam aus dem Grinsen nicht mehr heraus. Der Blonde denkt immer ein wenig kurz und vergisst/leugnet die Realitäten.

Ich bin gespannt, was der in den kommenden drei Jahren bis zur nächsten Wahl noch alles kaputt bekommt.

Ein sehr hörenswertes Buch!

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