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"[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
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.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- Publication Date : July 14, 2020
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- Print Length : 236 pages
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition (July 14, 2020)
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- Best Sellers Rank: #858 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My Harvard Law mentor, later Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, was shocked by Nixon's misdeeds. He would be in disbelief at the greater and ongoing misdeeds of Trump, who has now corruptly commuted Roger Stone's sentence to assure Stone would not testify about Trump's pivotal and disloyal role in Russian rigging of Trump's 2016 election. Even Nixon did not abuse his presidential powers of commutation and pardon! Almost 50 of Nixon's accomplices, including 2 Attorney Generals, were later convicted of Nixon related felonies after Nixon resigned. AG Bill Barr, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Pence, et al. surely have noted this nervously as they likely work on their individual pardon requests.
Dr. Mary Trump confirms that there is both a continuous history and calculated method to her Uncle Donald's seemingly lifelong psychological disorder --- his constant goal has been to advance his personal interests only, too hell with everyone else, including his siblings, his wives and even his children and their children. His lifelong record, Mary narrates, has involved continually cheating, lying, cruelty, revenge, bullying, unfaithfulness, betrayal, greed, lust and worse, all of which clearly remain part of his daily toolkit.
Dr. Mary Trump's excellent book also indicates that Uncle Donald can be expected to do whatever he possibly can to try to stay out of jail and to survive after he loses this November's election. Trump's defensive efforts will be pursued regardless of who gets hurt, whether hundreds of thousands of senior COVID pandemic victims or even more schoolchildren being forced to attend unsafe schools in order to help inflate further the Federal Reserve's already inflated stock market to help Donald's rapidly diminishing reelection prospects.
With only 4% of the world's population, the U.S. has suffered with 25% of the world's COVID cases and almost 25% of the world's COVID deaths. Why are Americans suffering at 6 times the world's average? Why are many millions more Americans unemployed than European workers? The most evident reason is the self-interested, corrupt, incompetent and reckless leadership of Donald Trump explained in this book.
This book makes clear that Trump's father subsidized Donald's earliest business failures and funded, with an inheritance of hundreds of millions of dollars, Donald's subsequent business failures that Donald often still tries hard to keep secret. Of course, his four significant business bankruptcies were not hoaxes, nor can they be blamed on the Fake Media! These colossal failures indicate Trump's longstanding managerial incompetence that hundreds of millions of Americans are seeing almost daily at present, while tens of thousands of them perish monthly due often to his mismanagement of the COVID response.
Mary Trump has filled in many blanks that help explain how Trump became such a cruel, corrupt, ruthless and self-centered person. An over-bearing father, an under-bearing mother, unprincipled siblings, inherited wealth, a spoiled upbringing, a flawed personality with limited intelligence from the get-go, etc., have all produced a person who is now a clear and present danger to the public health, economy and security of the U.S., as well as of the world generally. He just doesn't care other than about himself, and this book makes a strong case that he cannot care if he even wanted to, given his lifelong negative psychological development.
Truly, as one top psychiatrist who has followed and written about Donald's psychological history closely expressed, Trump is now an EVIL person, as this psychiatrist noted recently in a TV interview discussing the importance of this book.
If you read the book. you will find out for yourself!
With the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision giving the state prosecutor in Manhattan a clear path to Trump's financial and tax records, Trump now knows he cannot avoid facing NY's criminal laws against financial and tax fraud. Neither AG Barr nor Rudy Giuliani can save him from facing major charges, which cannot be avoided for much longer.
Trump may think he can buy some time by getting re-elected president, but he can neither rig nor stop the NY investigations of his, his siblings' and his children's seemingly criminal conduct. Trump cannot pardon himself or anyone else for NY state law crimes, nor pardon himself for federal crimes despite some of his followers' wishful thinking to the contrary. Even if Trump pardons Pence, then resigns, followed by President Pence pardoning him for federal crimes, Trump would still face potentially serious state criminal charges in Manhattan.
Donald Trump's goose is cooked! All that is open is how soon will the legal fire begin and how long it will take to cook.
But Trump won't likely give up without first pulling out all stops, no matter who else gets hurt in the process. He can be expected to refuse to accept Joe Biden's victory, by claiming without evidence election fraud.
Trump can also be expected to try to provoke some of his heavily armed racist supporters to rebel against his election defeat. This prospect is evident in many of Donald's actions and statements, including his calling Black Life Matters protestors terrorists, his tweeting with implicit approval of a link to his 2 heavily armed supporters menacingly pointing their weapons at peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors, his well-planned use of Federal troop and police resources to attack peaceful protestors near the White House, his defense of violent Charlottesville white nationalists' excesses, his constant reference to protecting 2nd Amendment gun rights, etc.
This over-the-top approach to local situations was recently adopted by Trump's very supportive Georgia governor who unnecessarily sent into Atlanta National Guard troops to deal with some violence already being handled adequately by Atlanta police.
The possibility of Trump provoking an armed rebellion to justify his using Federal forces, to enable him to stay in power longer, cannot be overlooked. We have not yet seen what Donald Trump is capable of when cornered and cornered he is.
Of course, Trump is not beyond doing the unthinkable, as we have learned so often during the last 4 years. He may even seek asylum and protection in Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang or Istanbul to join one of his "good autocratic friends"! They all would love the opportunity to shame the U.S., as Trump already has done so often. Stranger things have happened under this President.
All Americans, as well as all people of good will in the world, owe Dr. Mary Trump a debt of gratitude for her valuable and timely book explaining the cause of so much grief.
MAGA ---Make America Grieve Again!
My husband and I had several books about Trump, which he largely read out loud to me, but since his death I have gotten rid of most of them and have not ordered more. No need to go there. We all see the truth daily and I wallow in despair about him enough.
I ordered this book and will read it because it was a chance to find some truth, written by someone who actually knows things and is trained to assess them. I hoped that it was not written as an act of revenge, at least not entirely. I needed to understand what has happened to us all and a country about which I care.
I have read the prologue and will finish the book.
I am writing to say that, while some revenge may linger around the edges, this is a book worthy of reading, written by an educated fellow traveller on our disastrous trip. We should all read it because then we can at last know and understand what has happened to us.
My husband, a psych major, and I, always curious about why people act as they do, spent hours discussing what made Trump Trump. Well, here are the answers and they are more complicated than the bits of it reported in the press can explain.
It is well written, tries to be honest, and is a fascinating study of a deeply flawed "sick" man who has changed our country for good and, sadly, bad. Most importantly it answers our collective question, How Could This Have Happened.
Mary writes from our own sad point of view, with more knowledge than we possess, and with more pain than we possess, and that is saying something.
I hope you read it.
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What we end up with is a book with a varied tone. It doesn't have the political or economic detail of some of the other books on Trump available such as Fire & Fury, or The Room: Where It Happened (regardless of their slant on it): this is, for the most part, a more personal view - albeit one which acknowledges being excluded from the wider family after Fred Trump's controversial will.
At times the book strives for objectivity, at other times is highly opinionated ("created a perfect storm of catastrophes that no one is less equipped than my uncle to manage."). The final chapter in particular, clearly written very recently given its references to both Andrew Cuomo ('better and more competent, a real leader who is respected and effective and admired') and George Floyd ("I can only imagine that Donald wishes it had been his knee on Floyd's neck.')
It reads more like a celebrity biography than a political analysis - which is clearly intended.
It is, undoubtedly, interesting in giving a potted history on the Trump family history and there is a lot written about Fred Trump and his attitude towards, and future effect on, his children. The author clearly has a lot of hurt over the way her father was treated by the family and the effect it had on him. While she does not excuse her father, and is honest about a number of his actions (including drunkenly pulling a gun on her mother), it underpins much of the book, and it is difficult to think that Donald Trump's references in the past to him were a factor in writing the book.
The book is a text book example of telling not showing - so the people described are described and summarised upfront to leave no doubt on their character, values and qualities and it's most interesting insights are those which the author was not witness to - so early Donald Trump in his teen years and the development of his characteristics through his father's attitudes and his own psyche.
It's a slim book - reading on Kindle a full 25% of it's content is taken up by appendix, and while it touches on stories and episodes we may be familiar with (getting someone else to write his university entrance exams, code violations in property development) there are many things it doesn't touch: whether this is because the author feels they have been covered or because she doesn't feel she has a relevancy to speak on them (Trump's absence from military service, his comments on women, the numerous charges brought against him by women, and while there is brief mention of him surrounding himself with those weaker than himself or too cowardly to question him, there is no detail of any of those legal cases brought against his staff since entering the White House).
It's more of a snapshot than a detailed history - I actually wondered whether I had missed a chapter in the chronological leap from potential candidate to President, and there is a long gap of information - not, presumably, uncoincidental of her exclusion from the family, from Trump's early involvement with Melania to present day.
Overall? It's clear, even if he has only a fraction of the sociopathic inclinations Mary Trump claims he has, Trump would want the book banned. It's an updated version of the childhood dumping of potato on his head he apparently still festers over so many years later: an embarrassment to him. Does it really expose any more than the records Mary Trump gave to the media during their investigation of the Trump family tax investigation? Not really - it is what it is, a family member (however distant)'s opinions on Donald Trump.
It will keep Trump tweeting for a while, but ultimately? An interesting, if slight, read.
Mary may have done the first ever thing in history to redeem the foul name of Trump. It is a tragedy that none of his Redhats can read. The words are way too complex for them even if they were forced to look at them.