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Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man (Hardcover)

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A family portrait of Donald Trump, his parents, and siblings, this is the first Trump family memoir that sounds truthful. Mary's psychological profile of her Uncle's sociopathy and its root causes in an abusive father are compelling.  Even after all the news leaks from the book, there were many stories that I had not yet heard. One of the most intriguing, offers the best evidence yet, that Trump is not the multi-billionaire he claims to be. After the bankrupted casinos, and the schemes that defrauded tax collectors,  Mary Trump notes that the entire Trump Management company was sold in 2004, after Fred Trump died, to just one buyer, and at a huge discount. This was likely to stave off Donald Trump's debts (why his siblings did not protest is the heart of the book). Even to this day, you can find news stories saying the huge jump in his income from 2004 to 2005 must have been due to "The Apprentice" and no mention of the sale of 1,000s of apartments that his Father had acquired.  Split four ways, it netted  each of Fred Trump's children 170 million, instead of the bank's valuation of 250 million. A great deal--for the buyer.

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In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric.

Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents’ large, imposing house in the heart of Queens, New York, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald.

A firsthand witness to countless holiday meals and interactions, Mary brings an incisive wit and unexpected humor to sometimes grim, often confounding family events. She recounts in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for regifting to her grandmother’s frequent injuries and illnesses and the appalling way Donald, Fred Trump’s favorite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s.

Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists, and journalists have sought to parse Donald J. Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.

About the Author

Mary L. Trump holds a PhD from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and taught graduate courses in trauma, psychopathology, and developmental psychology. She lives with her daughter in New York.

Praise For…

"[T]he most devastating, most valuable and all-around best Trump book since he started running for president. In the vast Trump literature, this one is something new...[W]hat this book does do is help us understand him, offering the most incisive rendering yet of why he is the way he is."Politico

"Mesmerizing beach reading and a memorable opposition research dump...It is salacious, venomous and well-sourced...Yet the narrative remains compelling." The Guardian

"A delicious tell-all that does in fact tell all in a way one longs for a tell-all to do.” Vogue

"Dripping with snideness, vibrating with rage, and gleaming with clarity—a deeply satisfying read." Kirkus (starred review) 

"Mary Trump’s compelling saga of one very unhappy family does more than just provide probing insights into her uncle’s disturbing inner world. It’s also a first-rate primer on the chaotic inner workings of an administration that has shocked the world by failing to take the basic steps required to keep Americans safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Boston Globe

"After many, many Trump books, this is an essential one." Vanity Fair

"[A] deftly written account of cross-generational trauma...Mary Trump brings to this account the insider perspective of a family member, the observational and analytical abilities of a clinical psychologist and the writing talent of a former graduate student in comparative literature." Washington Post

Mary’s clarity, training, discipline and sharp eye help make her a reliable narrator, and she’s a fluid, witty writer to boot…She’s a true insider in an era when “insider” accounts of the president are a dime-a-dozen — and that what she’s written is likely to be indelible.—Bloomberg

"Mary L. Trump comes closer than anyone to describing the making of a seemingly heartless person who won his way to the White House...[A]n insightful, well-crafted memoir"CNN

"You can see why President Trump doesn’t want anyone to read this thing. It gives the lie to many of his most cherished myths about himself."Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982141462
ISBN-10: 1982141468
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 14th, 2020
Pages: 240