Too Much and Never Enough

Too Much and Never Enough

How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man

Book - 2020
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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." --book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
ISBN: 9781982141462
Characteristics: 225 pages ; 23 cm


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Aug 09, 2020

This book is exactly what I expected. A member of a famous family trying to make money. She seems to act like she knew the inside and outs of President Trump. He was only around her a few times so, her true concept of him is only her opinion. She blames the grandfather for all the family troubles, including her father's problems with alcoholism. Her father was a commercial airline pilot which is scary in itself. So, if you find any enjoyment in this book which repeats its arguments over and over, good luck. It really is a waste of paper.

Aug 07, 2020

Very interesting to learn about the dysfunctional trump family and especially how Donald became what he is. He should never have become president, so totally unfit. The fact that his father enabled him explains but doesn’t excuse his behavior.

Aug 06, 2020

I was hoping for a lot more substance in this book, but it wasn't there. She didn't tell me anything that I hadn't already figured out. In that way the book was a disappointment. It was interesting though to read about the family dynamics which added a new spin on the reasons Mr Trump is so disconnected.
It was worth reading, but if one is looking for a clinical diagnosis of his dysfunction, you won't find it here.

Aug 02, 2020

Over anticipated. Nothing new. A lot of words re-telling family stories. We know the Donald is not connected emotionally so no surprises here.

Aug 01, 2020

Could have used a bit more editing. Not much that we didn't know about Donnie, but interesting to find out why he is as he is. (Possibly more of an indictment on Fred Sr.) Definitely readable. A salutary lesson on how *NOT* to parent.

Towards the end of the book, Mary Trump turns some criticism on the media, asking why they have not been more rigorous in their questioning of Donald Trump and his myth. I must say that she has a point. The book has been out long enough for a number of people to read it. The book is quite readable (in that regard she has done better than a number of those who should have the skills to do better, like Bob Woodward, who has sprinkled his work with amusing anecdotes, but hasn't really given us any analysis), and short, and effectively draws back the curtain hiding the reality of the "Wizard of Me." Despite all the interest over whether we *would* get to read this, I haven't seen many reviews.

One amusing anecdote leads to a rallying cry for all anti-Donnie-ites: "Watch out for the mashed potatoes!"

Jul 29, 2020

those americans are crazy . all they want to do is tear down and destroy . they have no loyalty to anything , not even their duly elected president .

Jul 29, 2020

Excellent explanation of the effects of dysfunctional parents and emotional abuse. All the children were affected--just in different ways based on their individuality. And we certainly saw how money works after a death. It brings out the worse in those around it. Maybe some people should never be allowed to have children!~

Jul 28, 2020


Jul 28, 2020

A dysfunctional family for sure. I agree too much about Fred I & family history but does explain background on Donald's behavior. But, no excuse for a little boy running the country. How he was elected is still a mystery to me. Also, agree that everyone should read the book before election, but, those that should, won't. Didn't realize there were so many cult followers in America following such an inept child/man.

💰💰One thing you will hear from the usual suspects, is that Mary Trump made everything in this book up. I'm here to tell you that's impossible. It would take Charles Dickens* to make this stuff up. Carefully written and documented, it offers great insight into the family dynamics, insofar as more or less normal people can comprehend them. Highly recommended.
*Author of "Oliver Twist," "David Copperfield," "A Tale of Two Cities," etc.

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"A lot of people say I'm a very stable genius."

“I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.”
- Actual quote from a July 2018 unofficial campaign rally in Montana at which Donald Trump described things, as usual according to many fans, “as they are”.

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