Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

by David Frum

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062796745
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 71,584
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Trumpocracy. From 2001 to 2002, he served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He and his wife, Danielle Crittenden Frum, live in Washington, DC, and Wellington, Ontario. They have three children.

Table of Contents

Preface IX

Introduction XXIII

Chapter 1 Pre-Existing Conditions 1

Chapter 2 Enablers 15

Chapter 3 Appeasers 33

Chapter 4 Plunder 51

Chapter 5 Betrayals 71

Chapter 6 Enemies of the People 103

Chapter 7 Rigged System 125

Chapter 8 America Alone 147

Chapter 9 Autoimmune Disorder 171

Chapter 10 Resentments 189

Chapter 11 Believers 205

Chapter 12 Hope 219

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

Index 285

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