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

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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 o
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Sheila Landry I think it is. I just finished it. It seems to focus more on her dad (Freddy) than Donald, but it certainly gives insight to the demographics of the f…moreI think it is. I just finished it. It seems to focus more on her dad (Freddy) than Donald, but it certainly gives insight to the demographics of the family. I didn't think it was over-dramatic or that things were done for shock value, as we see evidence of the resulting behavior every day.

Is the viewpoint skewed? Probably a bit. It would be difficult to be objective having lived through things and seeing the result of certain behaviors from different family members. Much of what is discussed is what the author witnessed in her young life. As children, we see things from a different perspective. We remember things that have affected us the most. Sometimes our memories magnify the most significant moments. But that doesn't mean that these things didn't happen or aren't true. It attests to the impact.

It is a bleak, sad account of quite a dysfunctional family. Again - as I see the result of the family, I find it very believable.

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In TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH, Mary L. Trump draws a detailed portrait of the Trump family pathologies with the intimacy of a psychological case study-- which makes sense, considering that she's a clinical psychologist. Her even-keeled, neutral (for the most part) tone make the irrational behaviors of the people in this book seem even more abhorrent by comparison. The occasional sarcastic aside is just icing on the cake.

I wasn't too sure
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This is written well enough but there is no new information here. Most of the book focuses on Fred Trump Sr (trash) and Fred Jr, the author’s dad whose story is quite sad. The whole family is very terrible! Donald is a blathering moron. The best parts are when she eviscerates him and tells us what we already know—that he is the literal worst person, and the least competent man. She seems to have empathy for him. Fuck that. Lots of people have asshole fathers and they manage not to destroy the wo ...more
Miranda Reads
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A Trump-tell-all that he's desperately trying to block publication of?

You have my full, undivided attention.


Holy shit. It was good.
Elyse  Walters
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thumbs up?
Thumbs down?

Isn’t that a question many of us around the world have been curious about? The book was released at midnight-July 14th....
I’d bet ‘thousands’ of people ( like myself), have already finished it.

I’ve got to take some personal inventory: “why did I feel an urgency? obsession? desire? to read this book today?
It’s easy to quickly come up with answers as to why I rushed to read it....
But perhaps it’s more valuable to sit with the question longer.

Fact is....
Trump’s bizarre
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

Look at that photo. He's been doing the same stupid shit with his hair all his life. What a dork.

The current administration has engendered an entirely new category of creativity as we all struggle to find outlets for our rage and sorrow and fear of the future. I'm no Randy Rainbow, but here's my humble contribution to the new rage genre, with apologies to the lovely Miss Linda Ronstadt.

If you're not familiar with the original song and you'd like to sing along, here's the inimitable chanteuse's
Justin Tate
Jul 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Who could have predicted that a Trump presidency would lead to 200,000+ dead Americans and staggering unemployment?! Mary L. Trump and—oh yeah, anyone.

I haven't read one of these trendy political exposés since Fire and Fury but somehow Mary's book enticed me. Her interviews have suggested the book might include racist rants over Thanksgiving turkey or other squabbles revealing Donald as even more villainous than how he behaves in public.

Unfortunately it's not like that. Not at all. Donald is bar
Mario the lone bookwolf (is on a longer vacation)
A shocking insiders´ autobiographical story of epigenetic in action, opening the question of where to go with ethics and morality if one has no chance to choose on from the beginning, with an absentminded, ill mother just interested in her own suffering and a sociopathic father Trump has become himself too.

It´s vicious, the author shows how the influence of the elder generations formed a climate that was a dark caricature of what family should mean, the opposite of what someone needs to become
Michael Perkins
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trump is obsessed with being a loser.



Singing the same song when he crashed a wedding last year....



The first sentence of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I would modernize the second half and say: “every dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own way.” And then add “and always destructive to the children."

Donald today is much as he was at three years old: incapable of growing, learning, or evolving, unable to regulate his emotions, moderate his responses, or take in and synthesize information.

Why read another Trump book?

I swore I was done with books about the Trump regime until they can be written with the long lens of 20 years’ hindsight.

But this is by a family member (DJT’s niece) with a PhD in clinical psychology. Clearly she’s not impartial (she blames her grandfather and uncle for her fa
Will Byrnes
As my father lay dying, Donald went to the movies. If he can in any way profit from your death, he’ll facilitate it, and then he’ll ignore the fact that you died.
So, you think your family’s nuts?

Usually we have to wait for historians to delve back through the years of a president’s life, digging through letters and writings, interviewing any who might have interacted with them, checking their letters and writings, to cull relevant bits, suss out impactful events, discern motivations and und
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Summary (Throwback Review)
This is a book written by Mary L. Trump about her family. She ventilates the life of her grandfather Fred Trump Sr., her father, Fred Trump Jr., and Donald Trump and other members of her family. She chronicles how the family succeeded in the real estate business and how Donald Trump took over the family business and how he became the American President and what was the family members response to it and do they consider his Presidential stint with revere or with ign
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite horror novels of 2020.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do you nurture a sociopath?

If you were not aware, this book is written by Donald Trump's niece Mary. It is a VERY short book, but it is very good.

So let's break down a little bit about what this book is exactly. You aren't going to find any state secrets here. For anyone asking "Why Didn't Mary speak out earlier", this is addresses, but this is isn't a political expose. At it's heart, Too Much and Never Enough is a story about an extremely twisted family, that is much about the other Trumps
I’ve been reluctant to read books about Donald Trump because I didn’t think I’d learn anything beyond what I already know. But, I don’t know a lot about the Trump family, where he came from. I remember watching The Apprentice years ago, trying to figure out who this guy was because when I lived in Manhattan, he wasn’t a force in the true business community (my professional backyard). It didn’t take long for me to figure out from the show that something was missing from the business acumen. For m ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
review still to come, Trump, of your "stacked" niece's book --
10/12/20: Breaking news! Review will not come.
I'm so tired of The Mask of the Orange Death I can't bear to review this terrific book.
Full of inside family background and useful info on the sleazebuckets.
Glad I read it.
That is all.
Too close and not close enough

This book won’t tell you much that you didn’t already know about the current U.S. president—his personality, his psychological makeup—the man’s not exactly a closed book.

But that’s not this book’s purpose. The author isn’t concerned so much with the ‘what’ as the ‘why and how’. As a psychologist she naturally places the locus of this question with Donald’s family, upbringing and formative years.

Finding the answers is tricky—you need someone who 1) has access to the
Betsy Robinson
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
My family was not rich, but it was every bit as stark, raving wacko as the Trumps. For that reason, I found myself identifying to a point that was nearly unbearable with much that was in this book. Mary Trump is a shrink and a teacher, and although this book could have used one more editing pass, her psychological light illuminating this level of "crazy" is something everybody from a dysfunctional family might benefit from reading.

If you are only interested in understanding the president, you ar
Richard Derus
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: returned
First and foremost, this book is *NOT* a takedown of 45. It is *NOT* a cash-grab by an angry, estranged niece whose greed was stoked by envy.

It is the story of Fred Trump's family from the viewpoint of someone who, despite not being welcomed within it because her father needed to be himself, still was there inside the bunker until her father's death.

It is the memory of a person whose entire life was formed by bad parents, her own and theirs. It is the analytical conclusions of a trained psycholo
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have decided to embark on a mission to read a number of books on subjects that will be of great importance to the upcoming 2020 US Presidential Election. Many of these will focus on actors intricately involved in the process, in hopes that I can understand them better and, perhaps, educate others with the power to cast a ballot. I am, as always, open to serious recommendations from anyone who has a book I might like to include in the process.

This is Book #13 in my 2020 US Election Preparation
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'We need to talk about the elephant in the room.'

I was reading this book while watching the Netflix docu series Trump: An American Dream. In the fourth and final episode entitled ‘Politics’, it is suggested that Obama’s roasting of Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner was the final trigger to make the Donald run for office, as this was the sort of humiliation and embarrassment that he could neither forget nor forgive.

Up to that point, Trump had been rather coy about his president
Jenny Baker
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
“He’s Frankenstein without a conscience.”

Basically, Donald is a sociopath and a narcissist, just like his father, Fred, Sr.

Mary talks a lot about Fred, Sr. and her father Freddy (Fred, Jr.), but I think it’s important to see how Fred, Sr. created the monster we know today, as well as compare and contrast Donald and Freddy’s personalities. In his father’s eyes, Donald could do no wrong and Freddy could do nothing right.

Some of the things Fred, Sr. taught Donald is absolutely appalling. Dona
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can’t wait to chug some bleach, gas some Americans, and find out how my niece is doing!!!
Montzalee Wittmann
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump is a book that shows a lot of courage on the author's part. The Donald is not known for being kind to those who say or do anything that he finds offensive. He has had it out with the author before and because he didn't care for his brother he doesn't care for his brother's kids.
We the readers learn a great deal about the whole bizarre family in this book. I won't give anymore good parts away but The
Josh Hedgepeth
I wasn't going to read this book, but then I read that a judge temporarily blocked the publication. This book will get published. I now intend to read it as soon as I can after it happens. ...more
Jonathan David
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Lisa Vegan
Great as a psychology book. Interesting and poignant autobiography & biography of a family.

I enjoyed the writing style and think that the book is mostly well written.

That the case subject in the title of the book currently wields so much power is alarming.

There was nothing included that was surprising to me but the background information was exceedingly helpful for understanding and most of it I hadn’t known.

Her shocked reaction election night was similar to mine and to that of most of the peop
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
I wish I could say the book was very enlightening, but it only confirmed what is obvious to anyone who isn’t blindly enchanted by Donald Trump’s idiot factor. The man is a self-absorbed criminal and fraud to put it very mildly.

The book focused more on the dysfunction of the Trump family, and the role Donald Trump’s father played in feeding and creating the dysfunction.

I’ve giving the book and audio 5 stars because it’s not a question of being a Republican or Democrat. It’s about being Anti-Dona
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trump supporters, Trump haters, fence-sitters, all who care about democracy
It's high time someone spoke out publicly, no holds barred, against America's most destructive president. In Too Much and Never Enough Donald Trump’s niece, of all people, did it--and well.

The book is invaluable. Mary Trump knew Donald Trump starting very young and spent a lot of time in his childhood home through the years. As a psychologist, she’s in a unique position to combine this knowledge with objective facts from the field of psychology. Since the care people receive as children leaves
Dear Ms. Trump,

I thank you for writing this book. I thank you with all my heart. If enough undecided voters should read your book, you might save not only America but the whole world. (Unfortunately, the chances for this are small.)

Yours truly,

Lilo Huhle-Poelzl

I will not write a review of this book, because many of my Goodreads friends have already written excellent and very informative reviews. I fully endorse the following reviews, to which I give the links:

Elyse Walter's review:
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Title Says It All

Mary Trump comes across in the book and on television as decent, forthright and thoughtful. She did not undertake the task of writing about her uncle lightly, as she says in the book, he destroyed my family, I didn't want him to destroy my country too.
The man that she knows intimately is the same man we have seen daily on our screens, brutal, uncaring, crude, and grasping. He was taught these skills by a father who was the same. I don't feel sorry for him. Mary Trump explain
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