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Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man Hardcover – July 14, 2020
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"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
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982141468
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982141462
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (July 14, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
I expected something completely different from a sour-toned interpretation of the events as she saw them. I'm not interested in supporting Trump family drama and I would return this sorry excuse for a documentary. I'll keep it as a reminder to wait until I have the chance to read excerpts before I buy a book of any kind. My mistake.
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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.