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

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Mary L. Trump

7 Hours 5 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

July 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.

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.

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  • Molly M.

    Mary Trump's perspective through the eyes of a trained psychologist and family member explains in detail why the president makes such horrible. decisions, whines like a child, and is incapable of compassion, humility and honesty. Sad...

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  • Michele G.

    Two things about this book: First, everything that Mary describes in the book is consistent with what is on display every day in the White House so if you expect to hear something that would shock you in that respect you won't get it. 2) Tell all books can be written for various motives and can be a lot of hard to verify information but in this case, what needs to be verified can be and the things that may seem to require "trust" in the author can be assumed correct by things which are on record. For example, the ruthless, shallow, vengeful, greedy, dysfunctional family are verified by things like her grandfather's obituary. If she hadn't been mistreated and cheated of her inheritance, why was she left out of those listed in the surviving family section? It takes a special kind of petty person to not lost someone in their grandfather's obituary. Finally, I feel like I relate to Mary because I am the odd man out in a family very similar to the Trump family minus the money. Her writing does mot seem vengeful, but matter of fact and at time seems filled with more pity than hate. Her stated motive being that she feels a need to warn the country seems terribly credible.

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  • Stephanie D.

    Exceptional firsthand insight into the psyche of the man who has hurt us all on some level. The world owes Mary applause for being so brave as to speak out to help enlighten us about the wannabe dictator who we couldn’t quite put our finger on because of the chaos he spreads like a nonstop current. Thank you, Mary. Well done.

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  • Cheri S.

    Honestly.. I loved this book. Mary Trump wrote exceptionally about her life, her family and used her knowledge in psychology to offer a new perspective into Donald Trump. I loathe the man but I must say that this book helped me to not hate him. I feel great sadness for the family he was born into, Mary’s fathers especially.

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  • Anonymous

    It all makes sense now...all of his shenanigans and poor choices. Thank you MsTrump for bringing all of this to light and helping us to understand why he is so unlikeable.

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  • Cody S.

    So bad. 7 hours of a whining rich girl complaining about her family. Boring, annoying, and uninsightful.

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  • Lisa S.

    yes we knew most of the objective recent facts but what this book does more than anything else out there is ecplain in detail what makes DJT tick and just how hopelessly damaged and incapable of leading this great Nation he truly is. Thank you for writing it.

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  • Heather L.

    Mary Trump is very brave to speak out against the biggest cult leader of our lifetime. We all know the hell she will go through as a result of Trump’s rabid fans. I sincerely appreciate her doing this and I hope it will help wake people up to the disaster our country has become, thanks to the Trumpublicans.

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  • Deanna M.

    I was pleasantly pleased with this book. I have questioned for years how someone could end up with no moral compass like Donal Trump and this book really gives a great insite as to his upbringing, the expectations put on him, and the mental molding of him throughout his entire life. It doesnt make me like him but it did give me the understanding I was wanting. Mary, you did an amazing job on this book.

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  • April A.

    This was a short read, but very well written. I liked the first hand account of these stories of a public family that is somehow still shrouded in mystery.

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