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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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5 out of 5 stars
By David P. Burke on 02-26-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen B. Williams on 03-17-18

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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