Too Much and Never Enough

Too Much and Never Enough

How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man

Downloadable Audiobook - 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, 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 family 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2020.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781797113869
Characteristics: 1 online resource (8 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Trump, Mary L.

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BhamReader
Oct 13, 2020

In this case, truth is far stranger than fact. Mary Trump has known her Uncle Donald all of her life. She has seen from the inside his true character - or lack thereof. A short read, but full of information every voter should be aware of.

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pmmckillop
Sep 24, 2020

I do not remember ever reading an author so bitter about her upbringing. I have to admit I could not read it continuously and had to take it in small portions she was so angry at her uncle Donald and grandfather. I believe she oversold her "psychologist background" while writing the book. If this was a professional assessment of Donald Trump she could not have been so one-sided. I hope it helped her purge some anger from her psyche, but I don't think it exposed anything new about Donald Trump.

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LAK716
Sep 10, 2020

Interesting, very well written, although you realize this book was written only for someone's financial gain, because if it was for providing knowledge into this 'Dangerous Man' it would have been something shared prior to the 2016 election. Unfortunately now, the only people who will take an interest are the people who already know how dangerous he is, and none of his supporters will take an interest.

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debann60
Jul 25, 2020

I just finished listening to the audiobook edition of Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump Ph.D. I found it well written, researched and sourced from a clinical psychologist based on personal observations, interviews, family actions, lawyer's discovery, court filings in bankruptcies, tax filings, investigative reporting. Putting aside politics, it is a first hand look at a family dynamic going back generations and how that shaped the individual members of the family. She narrates the book and explains in detail in the prologue her research, sources, interactions and observations and again at the end in the acknowledgments. Clinical psychologist aside, it had to be painful to recount the traumatic events befalling her father, her nephew, her own rejection by her grandparents. Again politics aside, I felt empathy for those the rigidity and lack of empathy and compassion in which the Trump siblings were raised by their parents.

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