Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

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 th...

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  • Ted Lehmann

    Trumpocracy by David Frum – Book Review

    David Frum has written an erudite, scholarly, entertaining, coruscating, and, ultimately, both deeply scary and hopeful book called Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (HarperCollins, 2018, 320 pages, $

    ). Using elegant, nuanced writing and thoughtful analysis based on deep, and wide research, fully thirty percent of the text is taken up by footnotes, Frum carefully builds his argument using well-recognized sources from across the

    Trumpocracy by David Frum – Book Review

    David Frum has written an erudite, scholarly, entertaining, coruscating, and, ultimately, both deeply scary and hopeful book called Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (HarperCollins, 2018, 320 pages, $

    ). Using elegant, nuanced writing and thoughtful analysis based on deep, and wide research, fully thirty percent of the text is taken up by footnotes, Frum carefully builds his argument using well-recognized sources from across the political, historical, and media spectrum. He presents a clear-eyed vision of Trump world from a Republican intellectual who wants him to do well and achieve the conservative goals his party has long felt powerless to achieve. Frum carefully uses what Trump says about his goals both as a candidate and as President, as well as a wide array of his allies, the media from Fox & Friends to Meet the Press, from Hugh Hewitt to Mark Levin. He’s careful, judicious, and, ultimately... damning.

    David Frum, born in Canada, has degrees from the University of Toronto, Yale University, and Harvard Law School. As he said in Newsweek, “I'm a conservative Republican, have been all my adult life. I volunteered for the Reagan campaign in 1980. I've attended every Republican convention since 1988. I was president of the Federalist Society chapter at my law school, worked on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal and wrote speeches for President Bush—not the "Read My Lips" Bush, the "Axis of Evil" Bush. I served on the Giuliani campaign in 2008 and voted for John McCain in November. I supported the Iraq War and (although I feel kind of silly about it in retrospect) the impeachment of Bill Clinton. I could go on, but you get the idea.” He has been an American citizen since 2007, while having been active in American politics for most of his adult life.

    Frum, who appears to be no admirer of Trump, nevertheless paints what seems to me to be an accurate and un-frenzied picture of how Trump uses real and imagined power along with blunt bullying and lying to force people not his natural allies to line up with him and do his bidding, while many of them have taken positions in the government which will allow them to create no end of un-doing a generations long pattern of increasing governmental oversight of their enterprises. Meanwhile, useful regulations and protections are thrown out with the bureaucratic overburden and there’s so much self-dealing the public becomes inured to it. He demonstrates how the use of language in the Trump administration masks the goals of those he’s appointed to make America a more dangerous, dirty, and divided country.

    The structure of Trumpocracy lays out the ways in which Donald Trump behaves to bring maximum attention to himself while having limited interest in the history, laws, traditions, and structure of our country. He consistently acts in such a way as to increase his own power while not seeking advice or counsel from those who truly understand how the government works, especially with reference to our hallowed separation of powers and reliance upon them to come to reasonable governance for all. Frum writes that under Trump, “The government of the United States seems to have made common cause with the planet’s thugs, crooks, and dictators against its own ideals—and in fact to have imported the spirit of thuggery, crookedness, and dictatorship into the very core of the American state, into the most solemn symbolic oval center of its law and liberty.” He continues, “Trump’s hope was that an unconstrained America could grab more power for itself (and thereby for him). He never understood that America’s power arose not only from its own wealth and its own military force, but from its centrality to a network of friends and allies.” For Trump there is no win-win, he can only win if someone else loses, and he will never share his wins with anyone.

    The author treats extensively the web of associations, betrayals, and the apparent idea that America itself must not only be first, but alone at the top. “Trump throws everyone under the bus in his eager embrace of...Himself! He seems totally unaware of the intensely interwoven mutual dependency that exists between the President and members of Congress in seeking to enact his agenda. As a man with no knowledge of how government works or the place of the Presidency in it, he continues to show no interest in policy, the rule of law, or political realities. Frum emphasizes his treatment of Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, and Senator Jeff Flake, from Arizona, as examples of people whose support he needed who he gleefully destroyed in his own interest. His cruel decision not to allow Sean Spicer to meet the Pope stands as a testimony to his willful nastiness. Trump’s insistence on flattery and abject adherence to his neediness is stomach turning. Frum details a televised cabinet meeting during which a round-table of cabinet secretaries vomited out flattering lies about the fine job Trump was doing. He contrasts that to George W. Bush’s deep skepticism to anything that smacked of flattery.

    A major advantage of a book from a person like David Frum is that it steps back a little way from the day-to-day cascade of cable news, or even from the weekend talk shows to take a wider and more comprehensive portrait of Trump and the Trump administration. As such, it can be both nuanced and comprehensive. By battling against everything the press says that could be mildly seen as critical, Trump actively works to reduce the influence of the press at home and abroad. His and his surrogates, particularly at Fox News, encourage discrediting even the most reliable and honest reporters. Furthermore, he actively supported authoritarian leaders in other countries when abroad in their efforts to muzzle their own press.

    Frum argues that Trump’s negligence and laziness actually strengthens him through eliminating all normal checks and balances. He shows how Trump relience on outmoded and failed Republican ideology has replaced conservative thinking. However, Frum despairs at the ability of the incumbent to see or understand what that might be. Nevertheless, he concludes his very fine book on a note of hope generated from reactions to the negative affects of the Trump administration. David Frum’s Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (HarperCollins, 2018, 320 pages, $

    ) stands as a sober, yet often frightening, at least to me, assessment of the Trump campaign and most of his first year. The book has earned the highest of recommendations I can give it. I received a free copy of Trumpocracy from the publisher as an electronic pre-publication through Edelweiss and read it on my Kindle App.

  • Steve

    First, this is a really good book published at a uniquely, critically important moment in time. It's a worthwhile investment of time and, as a bonus, it's an easy read. (OK, I struggled to put it down, and decided that, once I started it, I'd rather finish it then get a good night's sleep or do some of the work that, temporarily, was put on hold.)

    While I'm hesitant to (broadly) recommend this book to others, I'm pleased that I bought it (it makes me feel good to have provided a pittance of royal

    First, this is a really good book published at a uniquely, critically important moment in time. It's a worthwhile investment of time and, as a bonus, it's an easy read. (OK, I struggled to put it down, and decided that, once I started it, I'd rather finish it then get a good night's sleep or do some of the work that, temporarily, was put on hold.)

    While I'm hesitant to (broadly) recommend this book to others, I'm pleased that I bought it (it makes me feel good to have provided a pittance of royalties to the author) and read it. The author's work represents a valuable public service, and, frankly, it would be good (nay, great) thing if it became a best-seller (and millions of Americans read it) - but I'm not holding my breath.

    And (duh) Frum can write. I've already collected a wonderful selection of quotes - both pithy and fulsome - that I can't wait to use/deploy in different contexts/forums (or fora). The book is chock full of nicely packaged anecdotes, potential teaching points, and language ... that ... sings. I expect to get a fair amount of additional mileage out of the book over time!

    A caveat. If you're obsessively following current events (particularly politics and policy and governance), familiar with the author, or, more broadly, if you're a regular

    reader, my sense is that you're not going to "learn" much new from reading this. Much of it represents a collection, concatenation, or repackaging of Frum's prior published work,

    Even for an obsessive consumer of news (I begin each day by sampling the

    with breakfast, followed by the online versions of both the

    and

    , and that's before I turn to steady stream of alternative sources that populate my email box, Twitter feed and professional community), Frum's book was a nicely organized, thematically coherent, easy-to-read and comfortably digestible summary or overview or saga of

    and

    The book covers an extraordinary amount of material ... and consistently provides it with sufficient context such that it actually makes sense. It's an impressive, bravura achievement. And (at least to me), in that regard, the book is helpful and valuable because so many of us simply cannot keep up, can't keep track, and struggle to categorize the innumerable phenomena, issues, scandals, policies, practices, stories, players, reactions, and evolving anxieties that dominate the news cycle and distract us on a daily basis.

    And before you reject the book as mere (or more) partisan pablum, remember that Frum is long-time conservative struggling to make sense of a world where Republicans control the Presidency, the Senate, and the House, but, nonetheless, is despondent with the current state of affairs and the nation's trajectory. Of course, he's not alone, and you could just as easily read - on a daily basis - Max Boot, Jennifer Rubin, or even Bill Kristol... But the background and bona fides matter, and ... and this is important ... Frum (and these others) hasn't changed his stripes; he just doesn't recognize our government, nor can he reconcile the current state of affairs with what he understood to be "conservative" leadership, policy, aspiration, or behavior.

    I can't say that I've read any significant slice of the tsunami of new literature rapidly coming to press attempting to describe and unpack our current state of affairs. Having said that, I think this would be a fine companion to Timothy D. Snyder's pithy but compelling

    , which I recommend without hesitation. But the bottom line is

    - particularly more credible reporting and analysis. Knowledge is power, and, in a representative democracy, our union is beholden to a (minimally) informed and cognizant electorate.

  • Mal Warwick

    "Trumpocracy has left Americans less safe against foreign dangers, has diverted their money from its proper purposes to improper pockets, has worked to bias law enforcement in favor of the powerful, and has sought to intimidate media lest they report things the public most needs to know." Thus David Frum sets the stage to explain how Donald Trump undermines democracy in his new book, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic.

    If there is any surprise in this line of argument, it lies i

    "Trumpocracy has left Americans less safe against foreign dangers, has diverted their money from its proper purposes to improper pockets, has worked to bias law enforcement in favor of the powerful, and has sought to intimidate media lest they report things the public most needs to know." Thus David Frum sets the stage to explain how Donald Trump undermines democracy in his new book, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic.

    If there is any surprise in this line of argument, it lies in the identity of its author. David Frum is a card-carrying conservative, or neoconservative, if you prefer the current jargon. He wrote speeches for George W. Bush and served as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. (He is now a senior editor at The Atlantic and a CNN commentator.) What sets Frum apart from today's kneejerk "conservatives" is that he has been in the Never Trump camp since the New York developer turned reality TV star declared his campaign for the White House.

    In Trumpocracy, Frum methodically surveys the damage Donald Trump and his minions have been inflicting on the American people ever since November 6, 2016. For example, in a chapter entitled "Plunder," he details the blatant corruption that is enriching Trump and his family. (Frum notes that "the United States ranked a not exactly reassuring eighteenth on Transparency International's corruption index, behind Hong Kong and Belgium.") But the author doesn't place all the blame on Donald Trump personally. "The man inside the oval center did not act alone. He held his power with the connivance of others. They executed his orders and empowered his whims for crass and cowardly reasons of their own: partisanship, ambition, greed for gain, eagerness for attention, ideological zeal, careerist conformity, or—in the worst cases—malicious glee in the wreck of things they could never have built themselves."

    Frum is clearly convinced (as am I) that Donald Trump is in the White House "in some considerable part by clandestine help from Russia." Like Guardian reporter Luke Harding in another recent book, Collusion, Frum believes the evidence clearly shows that the Trump campaign collaborated with Russian officials operating on behalf of President Vladimir Putin. And he deplores the shameless efforts by Right-Wing media as well as the White House to discredit those who are attempting to uncover the truth about the collusion. For instance, he quotes a pro-Trump author speaking on CNN: "'There's no violation of law if, in fact, the campaign colluded with Russia, whatever that means.'" Come again? How is collusion in this context not treasonous?

    Curiously (for a conservative), Frum appears to be troubled by the near-total dominance of the Republican Party in today's political scene—and the underhanded tactics used to achieve it. "Republicans entered the 2016 cycle controlling all elected branches of government in half the states in the country, their best showing since the 1920s. Democrats controlled only seven states, their worst showing since Reconstruction." Frum notes with concern that voter suppression has played a major role in this trend. However, he doesn't mention gerrymandering, which has doubtless been an equally important factor.

    Frum also examines the damage to US foreign policy and our country's reputation around the world. He writes, "[Trump] never understood that America's power arose not only from its own wealth and its own military force, but from its centrality to a network of friends and allies." The author is also deeply concerned about the multiple attacks from Trump and his staff on the national security agencies. He fears the possibility that the FBI, the CIA, and the other intelligence agencies—as well as the Pentagon—may drift into the habit of keeping future Presidents isolated and acting essentially on their own.

    As other commentators have done, Frum explores the rise in support for violent white-nationalist groups as a result of Donald Trump's campaign and his time in the White House. But of even greater concern is the much broader trend toward the politics of resentment. "The phrase 'white privilege' transitioned from the academy into common speech in the Obama years—at exactly the moment that millions of white Americans were experiencing the worst social trauma since the Great Depression." Not only did Trump capitalize on that development; as well all know, he is driving the wedge even deeper between whites and people of color.

    There is little in Trumpocracy that is truly new. We've learned most of these lessons from others over the past two years. Frum's contribution is to compile the facts and the analysis into one thin volume—and carefully document every assertion. By contrast with other recent books about the Trump Era, one-quarter of Frum's book consists of notes. The result is a case against Donald Trump that is difficult to refute.

  • Kirk

    Considering David Frum’s one-time employer, his unabashed (though not brash) embrace of the conservative label, and the unfortunate occasion of its publication (on the heels of

    ), it’s possible his latest book may not garner the wide audience it so sorely deserves.

    is a thorough, candid, and humorous treatment of the political apotheosis of America’s legendary bully. Though it’s impossible for me to say how

    ranks among published criticisms of the current admi

    Considering David Frum’s one-time employer, his unabashed (though not brash) embrace of the conservative label, and the unfortunate occasion of its publication (on the heels of

    ), it’s possible his latest book may not garner the wide audience it so sorely deserves.

    is a thorough, candid, and humorous treatment of the political apotheosis of America’s legendary bully. Though it’s impossible for me to say how

    ranks among published criticisms of the current administration considering I’ve read few, I can say it was worth the drive across town in rush-hour traffic to buy in hardcover and read without delay.

    In

    , Frum argues that Trump, though “cruel vengeful, egoistic, ignorant, lazy, avaricious, and treacherous” (235), is a historic figurehead in a powerful movement purposed to corrode democracy and invite a cycle of political retribution in which the majority gains nothing and an elite minority prosper. He examines the cultural context which allowed for Trump’s election, the political context within the Republican party which allowed for Trump to take advantage of their antiquated and opportunistic platform, and the global context which resulted in many authoritarian leaders gaining popularity in their respective countries over the past several years.

    Frum accomplishes all of the above in twelve concise and well-researched chapters:

    1. Pre-Existing Conditions - Fights over the debt ceiling becoming a political weapon, the increase in executive power, the popularity of conspiracy theories (notably the Birther hoax), boycotting Presidential appointments as a political weapon, the underhanded Republican repeal of the ACA, and fatigue with political dynasties.

    2. Enablers - Reasons why the public supported Trump (includes the science of ‘negative partisanship (26)).

    3. Appeasers - How & why Trump was able to win the Republican base.

    4. Plunder - Trump’s exploitation of governmental systems to build individual/family fortune via conflict-of-interest arrangements and nepotism.

    5. Betrayals - Trump’s subverting of political loyalties and paralyzing a rare Republican federal government.

    6. Enemies of the People - Trump’s vendetta against media integrity and his calling into question of a central tenet of democracy: freedom of speech.

    7. Rigged System - Flaws in voting laws, flaws in voting methodology, and the Russian espionage contributing to Trump’s victory.

    8. America Alone - Trump’s dismantling of established foreign policy norms in Asia and the Middle East in pursuit of an ignorant isolationism.

    9. Autoimmune Disorder - A word of caution about national security agencies acting independently of Presidential directives, even when justified and reasonable.

    10. Resentments - The cultural attitudes and bleak statistics, particularly concerning young white males, which motivated Trump supporters and contributed to his symbolism.

    11. Believers - Believing in Trump as an answer to not knowing how to live in an increasingly multiethnic society.

    12. Hope - Examples of public distaste of Trump’s actions and a call to action for increased civic duty, education, and public engagement.

    For those unfamiliar with Frum’s work, he is a fantastic writer and infrequently, if ever, indulges in partisan critiques of those who would disagree with his conservative frame of mind. In fact,

    is as good a primer for what’s wrong with the Republican party as it is for what’s wrong with Trump. At various points, Frum claims the Republican party is at a dead-end: unresponsive to the wishes of its base, antiquated, opportunistic, and dishonest. The meanest thing he has to say about Leftist opinions is a caution against fighting fire-with-fire and electing a candidate as distastefully corrupt as Trump.

    is a quick read and has no new information to share about POTUS that has not already been presented in headlines over the course of the past eighteen months. That said, it doesn’t have that stale, shameful, Trump-news taste. It is a wonderful analysis of the cultural conditions which allowed Trump to take power, cited thoroughly, and written to persuade.

  • Jason Aglietti

    I found Trumpocary to be a thought provoking commentary on the current chaotic status of US politics centered around the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Frum explains how US politics arrived to this point, rehashes the current status of the Trump presidency of the last year, and then focuses on the short-term future of US politics.

    Frum, a long-time conservative and former speech writer for George W. Bush makes a compelling case against the Trump presidency and the need for Republicans to recant

    I found Trumpocary to be a thought provoking commentary on the current chaotic status of US politics centered around the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Frum explains how US politics arrived to this point, rehashes the current status of the Trump presidency of the last year, and then focuses on the short-term future of US politics.

    Frum, a long-time conservative and former speech writer for George W. Bush makes a compelling case against the Trump presidency and the need for Republicans to recant on their unwavering loyalty to Trump. The book is engaging and should be insightful to anyone looking to gain a critical conservative perspective on Mr. Trump. While I overwhelmingly liked the book and found it to be a great read, my one critique is that it rehashed many of the events of the last two years that most politically aware people already know. Still, it was a great book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to gain a deeper, conservative perspective on Trump's troubling presidency.

    [Continue for in-depth review that discusses specific parts of the book]

    I found one of the most important points that Frum makes is that the Donald Trump campaign and presidency did not happen out of no where. Frum argues that ‘democracy dies in degrees’, and shows how the chipping away at American democracy is due to politicians breaking their own rules in order to gain instant gratification of a pressing matter. He also argues that with the Republican legislature take-over in 2010, Republicans adopted a ‘all or nothing’ political platform, that had ripple effects for the next seven years.

    Frum also makes the compelling case that over the last few decades, the political scene in America reached a high toxicity level, thus causing many vulnerabilities within America’s democracy and paving the way for Trump to exploit them. This ‘all or nothing’ political platform paved the way for Trump since Republicans backed themselves into a corner, leaving them with the options of looking disloyal to the Republican brand, or simply becoming an enabler of Mr. Trump.

    While the first half of Frum's book offers little new perspectives on many events that journalists and political commentators have been saying over the last few years, the second half of Frum's book is much more compelling. Frum shares a conservative perspective on the future for Mr. Trump, the Republican Party, and America as a whole. Frum ultimately makes the case that the Republican party’s fate is headed for “electoral trouble – or worse,” where he also thinks that as 2020 draws closer, loyalty from politicians to Trump will “devour his party from within.”(206)

    The book ultimately ends with glimmers of hope by talking about how he’s seen people become more politically educated and socially aware that may not had happened if the election had swung the other way. He cites polls where Americans overwhelmingly condemn many of Trump’s controversial policies. Frum says that Trump reminded Americans “of the old schoolyard lesson: the bully is a coward.”(227) He ends by saying that as soon as Republicans are willing to accept and fix themselves from aligning themselves with trump, that they may be able to charge forward and redeem themselves.

  • Lynn

    Very good commentary from David Frum, a conservative journalist. He is right on about many things about who elected Trump and why they elected Trump. He notes the antipathy about immigrants many of the Trump voters have and he warns that conservatives who feel threatened will check out on the democratic process. In the end he offered hope if the conservative view is included in government, and says that Nazi and Communist are just names. I agree with a lot that he says has already happened but t

    Very good commentary from David Frum, a conservative journalist. He is right on about many things about who elected Trump and why they elected Trump. He notes the antipathy about immigrants many of the Trump voters have and he warns that conservatives who feel threatened will check out on the democratic process. In the end he offered hope if the conservative view is included in government, and says that Nazi and Communist are just names. I agree with a lot that he says has already happened but the Hope chapter seems to be a reach. It is longer than the others and made my patience fall away. Sometimes I rolled my eyes and looked to see how many more pages before the book ended. Before the las chapter I might have given the book a 5 star rating. Frum is pointing out the conservative view which mainly means the white male view and apparently those baby boomers approaching retirement WH want to keep what get have. Like Trump voters, Frum has no view of Americans who are not White and only Barack Obama is mentioned. Latinos don’t exist and there is mention that the “foreign horn” were big reapers of the Alternative Healthcare Act. In his view, those foreign born including naturalized Americans are the biggest problem and cultivated the Us vs. Them mentality. The white male loss of face was a major factor in Trumpism too. I agree that this is a point of view of Trump voters but think that Conservatives are already trying to abandon democracy and disenfranchise others. I think we are in dangerous times and aren’t going to get far in trying appease a small set of voters. Everyone is important and the US needs diverse views. What I don’t agree with is that spending so much time on one group’s view to allow them control for others to participate is going to yield better government. It is time for participation and rights of minorities who have so long been disenfranchised.

  • Lewis Weinstein

    UPDATE 2/4/17 ...

    Since I have followed the disgusting news about Trump and his presidency, much that Frum writes is familiar to me. Frum despises Trump, as do I, and over 235 pages he makes the case that such a view is well justified. How America is going to exit from this travesty of governance is another matter, one that should concern all thinking Americans, especially those who have besmirched themselves by lying down with Trump.

    ***

    I just started reading ... I'll take my notes here, and edit

    UPDATE 2/4/17 ...

    Since I have followed the disgusting news about Trump and his presidency, much that Frum writes is familiar to me. Frum despises Trump, as do I, and over 235 pages he makes the case that such a view is well justified. How America is going to exit from this travesty of governance is another matter, one that should concern all thinking Americans, especially those who have besmirched themselves by lying down with Trump.

    ***

    I just started reading ... I'll take my notes here, and edit later ...

    FRUM WRITES ...

    ... Trump's government has failed not only because of indifference and incompetence, although he abounds in both, but because from the start it has been redirected from the service of the public to the aggrandizement of one domineering man and his shamelessly grasping extended family ... p. xiii

    ... the Trump family came to loot ... p. 49 ... no president in history has burned more public money to sustain his personal lifestyle ... jaunts to Mar-a-Lago $3 million each ... Kushner family ski vacation $330,000 ... millions to the Trump hotel in DC

    ...the message went forth ... everywhere dirty money is laundered ... you can find him in Trump Tower ... p. 61

    ... a rollback of the ethics rule ... tax disclosure refused ... conflict-of-interest rules ignored ... running a business while president ... (and on and on)

    LEW: this is so sickening it's hard to read ... more later (maybe)

    ...

  • Karla

    Sorry, Dave, but the erosion of the Republican base was well underway during Your Guy's administration. Your start date of 2008-ish for when Things Started Going Downhill in the Party is kinduva steaming load of bullshit. I don't disremember those 8 years. It was shit, and your party was starting to show signs of rot & disorder & subversion of norms to the point that Jim Jeffords left you guys.

    Don't gaslight me, Dave.

    It'd be nice to see a parade of flagellant ex-Bushies in the streets, b

    Sorry, Dave, but the erosion of the Republican base was well underway during Your Guy's administration. Your start date of 2008-ish for when Things Started Going Downhill in the Party is kinduva steaming load of bullshit. I don't disremember those 8 years. It was shit, and your party was starting to show signs of rot & disorder & subversion of norms to the point that Jim Jeffords left you guys.

    Don't gaslight me, Dave.

    It'd be nice to see a parade of flagellant ex-Bushies in the streets, but I won't hold my breath.

    My sense is that a lot, if not most, of this ilk would be a-ok with Trump if he'd be more subtle in his methods. He really gave the game away, and they would go right back to their old ways if a slicker & deceptively benign figure came along. *side-eyes Pence*

    That said, the book - though rather disorganized and without a coherent organization - was readable and had some info nuggets that had slipped past me due to the spastic tennis ball machine of BS that was 2016 & 2017.

    The audiobook version had a stilted, robotic reader, though. That format is such a mixed bag at times.

  • Mehrsa

    Ugh. It's only slightly more nuanced than Fire and Fury and all of the rest of them. (Why do I keep reading this books about Trump? Because I feel like if I read them all, I will come to understand why he is our president). There are some really good passages--especially when he talks about the entire Republican party and what its problems are, but the stuff about trump is just everything we already know from the headlines. This isn't a big idea book even though it's sort of thinks it is. We mig

    Ugh. It's only slightly more nuanced than Fire and Fury and all of the rest of them. (Why do I keep reading this books about Trump? Because I feel like if I read them all, I will come to understand why he is our president). There are some really good passages--especially when he talks about the entire Republican party and what its problems are, but the stuff about trump is just everything we already know from the headlines. This isn't a big idea book even though it's sort of thinks it is. We might need to hold off a bit on analyzing the Trumpocracy until after he's left office and everything has simmered down a bit. Also, if I hear one more author compare what's going on with Trump with college students protesting campus speakers, I am going to lose it and start joining the protestors.

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