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The Resource Trumpocracy : the corruption of the American republic, David Frum

Trumpocracy : the corruption of the American republic, David Frum

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Trumpocracy : the corruption of the American republic
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Trumpocracy
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the corruption of the American republic
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David Frum
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eng
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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,"--Amazon.com
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  • Frum (The Right Man), an Atlantic senior editor, charts the erosion of democratic principles over the course of Donald Trump’s campaign and first year in office, enumerating both the president’s own improprieties and the misdeeds of his various advisers and hangers-on. Frum eloquently places the blame squarely on “the aggrandizement of one domineering man and his shamelessly grasping extended family,” whom he describes as trading in conspiracy theories and “alternative facts,” using their government positions to shill for real estate deals overseas, and engaging in borderline-treasonous conversations with Russian officials. He also shames those he deems complicit, including various Fox News hosts, short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, and “brazen” political strategist Kellyanne Conway. Frum further notes that Trump has turned on the country’s most trusted international allies in favor of “the planet’s thugs, crooks, and dictators.” Frum urges readers to “aspire to a deeper citizenship and wider loyalties,” and conservatives, among whom he includes himself, to embrace a more moderate ideology. Denunciations of the current administration are ubiquitous, but Frum’s incisive prose and optimism—notably, regarding the chances of returning decency and integrity to the Republican Party—set this apart. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 01, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury has captured the nation's zeitgeist, owing to its chronicling of President Donald Trump's histrionics; unfortunately, it has overshadowed this latest from Frum (senior editor, the Atlantic; Why Romney Lost) and probably shouldn't have. Frum was by no means a fan of Trump during the 2016 election cycle. But that should not take away from his criticism that the Trump administration has damaged the practices of American democracy. The author does not solely blame Trump for this abrogation, but traces it back through the prior two decades. Trump was at the right place at the right time in 2016. Once in power, as Frum carefully dissects, the president has enabled himself and his businesses but weakened the functionality of the U.S. government, which he was sworn to protect. Not all of this was deliberate, as Frum points out. But in totality, by either action or inaction, Trump has damaged American democracy, with frightening consequences in the long run. VERDICT Highly recommended for anyone who cares about the republic and its future. --Jacob Sherman (Reviewed 03/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 4, p94)
  • The conservative stalwart takes measure of the current administration and finds it sadly wanting—and dangerous, and immoral, and.... Atlantic senior editor Frum (Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again, 2007, etc.) finds the Trump White House pointed evidence of declining faith in democracy. However, the thing to worry about, he writes, "is not the bold overthrow of the Constitution, but the stealthy paralysis of governance" and complete disregard for the "rules of the game" on which constitutional democracy is founded. Clearly, the author holds Trump in contempt; just as plainly, he gives Trump credit for the political cunning that enabled him to leverage such things as the birther hoax to capture a sizable segment of an embittered, angry populace. What bothers Frum is less the specter of a buffoonish bully than the acquiescence of the Republican Party. He writes, "the most radical attack on American norms of governance in his first year was attempted not by Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Anthony Scaramucci, or any other late-night demon figure, but by the regular Republicans of the House and Senate." The author goes on to reckon with a host of factors that led to the current debacle, from racial tension and economic insecurity to the self-interested demands of baby boomers and the unholy wedding of the institutional GOP to a president who is, by all evidence, creating a third party. Against all this, refreshingly, Frum finds hope that the Trump administration will be remembered "as the end of something bad, and not the beginning of something worse." In support of this qualified optimism, he notes that even as Trump continues to occupy the White House, other bullies and abusers have toppled, while the left has come to have a newfound appreciation of national security and elements of the right are accepting that government can, in fact, be a force for good. Evenhanded, ideologically consistent, and guaranteed to generate a slew of angry tweets should a copy land at the White House. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2017)
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contains biographical information
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BTCTA
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1960-
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Frum, David
Dewey number
973.933092
Index
index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Trump, Donald
  • United States
  • Authoritarianism
  • Political culture
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the corruption of the American republic
Label
Trumpocracy : the corruption of the American republic, David Frum
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-283) and index
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text
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Contents
Pre-existing conditions -- Enablers -- Appeasers -- Plunder -- Betrayals -- Enemies of the people -- Rigged system -- America alone -- Autoimmune disorder -- Resentments -- Believers -- Hope
Control code
ocn987279726
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 301 pages
Isbn
9780062796738
Lccn
2017046357
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)987279726
Label
Trumpocracy : the corruption of the American republic, David Frum
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-283) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pre-existing conditions -- Enablers -- Appeasers -- Plunder -- Betrayals -- Enemies of the people -- Rigged system -- America alone -- Autoimmune disorder -- Resentments -- Believers -- Hope
Control code
ocn987279726
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 301 pages
Isbn
9780062796738
Lccn
2017046357
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)987279726

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