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David Frum

High-Profile Political Analyst; Senior Editor at The Atlantic; New York Times Bestselling Author, "Trumpocracy" & "Trumpocalypse"; Former Speech Writer for President George W. Bush

Travels From:
Washington, D.C.
Fee Range:
$15,000 - $25,000

David Frum is one of North America’s leading voices of dispassionate, analytic, and independent conservatism. His articles in The Atlantic have been hailed as the most prophetic and insightful studies of the Trump administration’s threat to U.S. global leadership, open international trade, and democratic institutions.

Frum’s wit, historical insight, and deep understanding of US politics and governments are familiar to viewers on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, CBC, and Germany’s ARD and to the three-quarter of a million followers of his influential Twitter feed. Whether speaking to a concert hall of 3,000 people or an informal seminar of 12, Frum is always an entertaining and enriching speaker, at his best when faced with the most unexpected question.


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David Frum is a writer at The Atlantic and the author of the 2018 New York Times bestseller, TRUMPOCRACY: The Corruption of the American Republic, his ninth book. In 2001-2002, he served as special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush during and after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Frum is a recognized intellectual leader of the American conservative movement.

His first book, DEAD RIGHT, was praised by William F. Buckley in 1994 as "the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation" and by Frank Rich in the New York Times as "the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative moment." His memoir of his service in the Bush White House, THE RIGHT MAN, was a New York Times bestseller in 2003.

Frum has served as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, as a trustee of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and as chairman of the board of trustees of Policy Exchange, the leading center-right think tank in the United Kingdom. A native of Canada, he was a driving force in the "Winds of Change" movement that reunited that country's splintered Conservative party in the early 2000s. In 2009-2012, Frum created and edited the FrumForum group website devoted to the modernization of the Republican party. More than a dozen young writers who started their careers on Frum's site have gone on to success in politics and journalism.

Frum was one of the first and foremost conservative Republicans to sound the alarm about the challenge posed by the Trump presidency to US global leadership, open international trade, and democratic institutions. His prophetic 2017 cover story in the Atlantic, "How to Build an Autocracy," has been one of the most cited of the Trump years.

Frum appears frequently on CNN, MSNBC, and the Australian, British, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporations. A profile in Esquire in December 2017 described Frum as "first among equals" in the conservative anti-Trump movement.

Frum earned a BA and MA in history at Yale, then a JD at Harvard, where he served as president of the Harvard chapter of the Federalist society. He taught history Yale in 1986-87.

Frum is now at work on his tenth book, about how to renew American world leadership after Trump.

Frum is married to Danielle Crittenden Frum, a journalist, author, and podcaster. They have three children and live in Washington DC and Wellington, Ontario.

Speech Topics

President Trump says, “trade is bad.” By margins of more than 2:1, Americans regard world trade as more likely to destroy jobs and lower wages. Leading Democratic candidates for president share the president’s hostility to NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Frum details how America lost its belief in trade – and offers an actionable plan as to how businesses and governments can change mind to save the foundations of global prosperity and progress.


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  • David was truly outstanding. Brilliant, candid and a real gentleman. Some of his fans joined us and a few who came wanting to dislike David. They failed. Ultimately, he won them over.

  • We would have to empty to thesaurus to describe the positive outcomes of our experience with David. Center of the bulls-eye, an out of the park grand slam speaker. If you have a business audience and you have not had David Frum, you're missing it.