cover image Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

David Frum. Harper, $25.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-279673-8

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.)