The deeper shifts affecting democracy in America

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But does he love what it stands for?

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. By David Frum. Harper; 320 pages; $25.99. To be published in Britain in February; £20.

How Democracies Die: What History Tells Us About Our Future. By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Crown; 265 pages; $26. Viking; £16.99.

FRENCH railway crossings bear warning signs that writers of books about Donald Trump should heed. “One Train Can Hide Another” their neat enamel plaques declare. The risks of Trump-distraction are great, because the 45th president is such a spectacle—a tooting, puffing, brass-and-steam-whistle commotion liable to draw all gazes, all the time. But a narrow focus on the man risks a potentially grave mistake: paying too little attention to large, slow-rolling yet remorseless political forces that were in motion long before Mr Trump chugged into view.

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