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.