Too Much and Never Enough

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 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: 2020
ISBN: 9781982141486
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mary Jean Rodney
Nov 23, 2020

Informative. I found the family were and still are very dysfunctional. Overall it is a sad story about a privileged family who has contributed to the chaos that Donald has imposed.

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Eiselic
Nov 13, 2020

Very good book that takes us deep into the Fred Trump family, where golden boy Donny was spawned. At times gut-wrenching, but always informative and revealing. A crazy story of a brutal man whose singular obsession, money, epitomizes a dark version of the American dream. While Fred Trump's may be a more extreme version, there is his soulless sickness all around us, and in us. While we like to think America is great, it is also a cesspool of greed and materialism. I think that was the gut-wrenching part, seeing Fred & his kids as not so much an aberration as commonplace.

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franzkafka
Nov 11, 2020

To say that Donald Trump is a "piece of work" is a gross understatement. I'm glad that I'm reading this after Biden winning. If this were before the election I'd have been even more nervous about the outcome. Let's hope that The Donald and members of his Cabal (family and otherwise) can find as much peace in their dubious futures as they gave to those around them and, in fact, the whole planet.

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mlhadley1
Nov 10, 2020

Was able to get some insite how disfunctional this family is, and a lot of the whys. Would be interested to know the back story on Fred to what molded him to be able to be so 'mean' almost evil. Is a frightening situation. Mary wrote to where you could really feel what was going on.

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jmthornberry
Nov 09, 2020

The Trump presidency was a horrific stain on our democracy.

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NellieJBanks
Nov 07, 2020

What a tale, and what an appalling family. The writing is a bit clunky, but it's a good read. While reading this, I wished so many times that her father Freddy would have just given up on ever getting approval from his father (Fred Trump), told his father where to stick it, cut ties with the family, changed his name, moved away, and gone off to create his own life and earn his own money. Same to the other family members who were so badly treated and neglected by the old man. They put up with so much because Fred Trump had money. It was not worth it. Being someone's father (while holding the strings on the family fortune) does not give anyone a free pass to make others' lives miserable. They were so dependent on him and so accepting of his abuse. They would have been so much better off to go out and earn their own livings and build their own lives and forget sticking around for the inheritance.

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ScorchingSun
Nov 02, 2020

Reads like a horror story.
One might think that the author is a vindictive woman lashing out with fabricated accusations, at the family that tormented her weak father. Except that the truth of her allegations against Donald Trump has been on full display on the world stage.
Of note: the pathetic life of Mary's father, Freddy, a self-destructive prisoner of a cruel, dysfunctional clan.

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green_penguin_484
Oct 29, 2020

*2020*

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writermala
Oct 22, 2020

The author of this book, Mary Trump is certainly qualified to write it. She has a PhD in Psychology and is also the niece of President Trump. Having said that, does she do justification to the sub title, "How my family created the world's most dangerous man?" I don't think so. Mary outlines the dysfunctional nature of her father's family and how it might have helped Donald Trump become the narcissistic sociopath that he is. But for the most part the book deals with how badly her father was treated by her grandfather and later by how she, her brother, and her mother, were disinherited. In doing so she loses her credibility as a Donald Trump biographer and instead appears to be making a case for herself. She could have done a much better job.

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paulORorke
Oct 22, 2020

excellent book; well written; Donald's life would make a good horror movie given his childhood and the children he has ripped away from their parents permanently and all the people who've died because of his handling of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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mikey69
Sep 08, 2020

Fred kept propping up Donald's false sense of accomplishment until the only asset Donald had was the ease with which he could be duped by more powerful men."
-Mary L. Trump, PhD, TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH: HOW MY FAMILY CREATED THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS MAN

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cknightkc
Aug 30, 2020

“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.” - p. 196

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cknightkc
Aug 30, 2020

“Donald was to my grandfather what the border wall has been for Donald: a vanity project funded at the expense of more worthy pursuits.” - p. 195

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cknightkc
Aug 30, 2020

“Child abuse is, in some sense, the experience of ‘too much’ or ‘not enough’.” - p.26

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cknightkc
Aug 30, 2020

“I hope this book will end the practice of referring to Donald’s ‘strategies’ or ‘agendas,’ as if he operates according to any organizing principles. He doesn’t. Donald’s ego has been and is a fragile and inadequate barrier between him and the real world, which, thanks to his father’s money and power, he never had to negotiate by himself. Donald has always needed to perpetuate the fiction my grandfather started that he is strong, smart, and otherwise extraordinary, because facing the truth—that he is none of those things—is too terrifying for him to contemplate.” - p.17

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jimg2000
Aug 22, 2020

There are 351 quotes posted in goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/84437295-too-much-and-never-enough-how-my-family-created-the-world-s-most-danger
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Also, the book mentioned an Oct 2, 2018 NYTs article "Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father." It is well worth a re-read:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-schemes-fred-trump.html

President Trump has been fighting a subpoena seeking his tax returns by Congress and the New York State prosecutors.
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My quotes below stay away from the Trump family saga except Trump's alleged hiring someone to take his SATs. The rest of the quotes are on the inappropriate sexual comments to the author, his oldest brother's daughter (similar comments to his daughter Ivanka from various other sources), willingly to be manipulated press, and Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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jimg2000
Aug 22, 2020

Aware of the Wharton School’s reputation, Donald set his sights on the University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, even though Maryanne had been doing his homework for him, she couldn’t take his tests, and Donald worried that his grade point average, which put him far from the top of his class, would scuttle his efforts to get accepted. To hedge his bets he enlisted Joe Shapiro, a smart kid with a reputation for being a good test taker, to take his SATs for him. That was much easier to pull off in the days before photo IDs and computerized records. Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well. Not leaving anything to chance, he also asked Freddy to speak with James Nolan, a friend from St. Paul’s, who happened to work in Penn’s admissions office. Maybe Nolan would be willing to put in a good word for Freddy’s little brother.

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jimg2000
Aug 22, 2020

As formal as Mar-a-Lago was in some ways, it was also much more casual than our usual family gathering places, so I felt comfortable wearing a bathing suit and a pair of shorts to lunch, which was being served on the patio. Donald, who was wearing golf clothes, looked up at me as I approached as if he’d never really seen me before. “Holy shit, Mary. You’re stacked.” “Donald!” Marla said in mock horror, slapping him lightly on the arm.
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At a very deep level, his bragging and false bravado are not directed at the audience in front of him but at his audience of one: his long-dead father.
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In those days, Penn was much less selective than it is now, accepting half or more of those who applied. In any case, Donald got what he wanted. In the fall of 1966, his junior year, he would transfer from Fordham to the University of Pennsylvania.

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jimg2000
Aug 22, 2020

On October 2, 2018, the New York Times published an almost 14,000-word article, the longest in its history, revealing the long litany of potentially fraudulent and criminal activities my grandfather, aunts, and uncles had engaged in. Through the extraordinary reporting of the Times team, I learned more about my family’s finances than I’d ever known.
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On the few occasions he was asked about his positions and policies (which for all intents and purposes don’t really exist), he still wasn’t expected or required to make sense or demonstrate any depth of understanding. Since the election, he’s figured out how to avoid such questions completely; White House press briefings and formal news conferences have been replaced with “chopper talk” during which he can pretend he can’t hear any unwelcome questions over the noise of the helicopter blades.

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jimg2000
Aug 22, 2020

In 2020, his pandemic “press briefings” quickly devolved into mini–campaign rallies filled with self-congratulation, demagoguery, and ring kissing. In them he has denied the unconscionable failures that have already killed thousands, lied about the progress that’s being made, and scapegoated the very people who are risking their lives to save us despite being denied adequate protection and equipment by his administration. Even as hundreds of thousands of Americans are sick and dying, he spins it as a victory, as proof of his stunning leadership. And in the event that anybody thinks he’s capable of being serious or somber, he’ll throw in a joke about bedding models or lie about the size of his Facebook following for good measure. Still the news networks refuse to pull away. The few journalists who do challenge him, and even those who simply ask Donald for words of comfort for a terrified nation, are derided and dismissed as “nasty.”

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mikey69
Sep 08, 2020

How Norman Vincent Peale destroyed America. Written by the president's niece, Mary L. Trump, PhD.

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