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  • How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
  • By: Mary L. Trump PhD
  • Narrated by: Mary L. Trump PhD
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,219 ratings)

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Too Much and Never Enough

By: Mary L. Trump PhD
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Behind Donald Trump’s bombast, bad haircut, and blatant disregard for the conventions of business, politics, and personal behaviour lies a deeply troubled man. Too Much and Never Enough is a riveting memoir by Mary Trump, his niece and a psychologist, which provides an inside account of the bizarre family dynamics that shaped the man.

Too Much and Never Enough highlights how the sins of Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, caused lasting emotional damage to the former president. Author Mary Trump reveals details about Donald’s dodgy financial dealings, his compulsion to lie and cheat his way to wealth and power, and his total lack of regret or regard for anyone else.

As you would expect from a trained psychologist, Mary Trump delivers a clinical, comprehensive account of her uncle’s personality disorders. She makes for a convincing and believable narrator as she bears witness to the historical and familial forces that built the Trump persona, while doing her best to tear down his façade. 

The author’s intimate knowledge of family secrets and her gift for storytelling make for a revealing portrait of the 45th President of the United States. While some might have expected a self-serving, righteous tone, Mary Trump narrates her own audiobook with a hint of dark humour and detached cool. There’s also a sense of regret for her family’s role in creating such a divisive figure. 

Although the Trump family tried to stop its publication, Too Much and Never Enough was released in July 2020 and sold more than 1.3 million copies in the first week. The follow-up, The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal, analyses the impact of Trump’s presidency on the American people, economy and political system.

Publisher's Summary

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 New York, 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 first-hand witness, Mary brings an incisive wit and unexpected humour 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 favourite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s.

Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists and journalists have sought to explain Donald Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary 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.

©2020 Mary L. Trump, PhD (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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Fascinating... Absolutely Fascinating!

Wow! I finished listening in 2 sittings.

Hearing about three generations of Trumps and how severe the impact of a dysfunctional family can be was fascinating.

The author doesn’t take many cheap shots, but rather gives an in detail history of the different pawns in the chess game of Fred Snr and the impact it has had.

The insights into Donald’s personality are jaw dropping, it puts a lot of what you see and hear into context and gives an understanding of his behaviour.

The one question I continue to have is how does he get away with it?! Besides the fact that he is a failed businessman, a misogynist, liar and a generally poor human being. He has had great success, if nothing else, he runs the free world!

How has all this poor behaviour not caught up with him, the 5 bankruptcies, the lying, the cheating. If there is one skill this man has, its that absolutely nothing sticks. If not to be admired, it has to be respected.
He has the absolute ability to get himself out of dire situations and still end up on top.

The author put it so well “no-one has ever been as good as failing to the top” (sic).

Thanks Mary Trump for writing this book as a type of “call to arms”, it gave me a much better insight as to the why and how Donald Trump behaves.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a better grasp of what drives the 45th POTUS.

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Wow

Mary, bravo. I imagine historian's in the future referring to your book whilst teaching of arguably the worst era of US politics. I hope you are proud of your courage in writing this powerful book. Well done!

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Mary's book is well worth the read/listen

Mary was recently asked by an interviewer what she would say to her uncle today - her answer was 'RESIGN '. Its doubtful that will happen, but hopefully he won't be reelected.

This book explains Donald Trumps psychopathy - his domineering, dictatorial, cruel, criminal minded father who reined over his family with fear and abuse, together with his emotionally absent mother, created this corrupt, bully, wanna -be-dictator, who pathologically lies. He absolutely is not equipped nor holds qualifications, or the (brain width), to lead the most powerful nation.

Mary's assessment as a clinical psychologist with first hand observation and experience with 'the Donald' is a really interesting compelling story - I hope she and her brother get the inheritance which was stolen by her uncle.

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Important but flawed

I read books about Trump that are more journalistic but could not resist this one. I was concerned as I thought it could be a little self-serving (nowhere near as opportunistic as Bolton's though, which I won't go near). I feel it may be, but I also appreciated a more personal look into the life of Trump and his family; anything to understand how this aberration came about!

Another reason for the lack of stars is a concern I have of her 'diagnosing' her uncle. I believe that's quite a no-no for psychologists and that that an ethical standard may have been breached.

I'm glad she read it herself, but it was a slightly drab narration. However the resentment and pain in her voice was at times quite obvious.

It feels odd to only give three starts as I find it a worthwhile book and one that deserves to be read. The loss of two stars is simply because of a few ethical niggles on my part.

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The most lied about book on Audible

400 .....5 star ratings...... is absolute BS. if you read the book then look at the review stars you can see how much lying there is. you people should be ashamed of yourselfs. You don't even realise your the problem with this world. Read it. The book is rubbish. nothing about Trump other then 10% or a well worded family whinge. Pure leftist privledge signalling.

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What a fantastic insight!

This is one of the most anticipated books of 2020, and it hasn’t disappointed. The insight we are giving into Trump world is phenomenal. Understanding the inner workings of the family and hence, Donald, is very enlightening in its details, though hardly surprising given what Donald has been doing during his life.

Would recommend to any and everyone!

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genuine and sincere, like no Trump you have seen

Marys book paints an interesting portrait of a dysfunctional family ruled by sociopaths. Reading this book will help you comprehend the actions of the first family.

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No room at the Trump Christmas table for Mary

An extraordinary, devastating memoir of a family which loves Mammon. It is a memoir, and I’m sure episodes will be recast by others, but if only 25% is “true” it’s still exposes the Trump heart. Mary almost invites the listener to feel sorry as the ghost of Fred Trump is seen in so many events shaping his family. Fascinating, compulsive and well read and paced.

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Worth a listen

A clearly narrated history of Donald Trump's upbringing from his niece. Easy to listen to if you already had a similar view of his character. One of many about a man who deserves no attention at all but commands it due to the position and power he holds in a flawed democracy.

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alright

lets you into some of the Trump family pathology. However, a yuuuuge chunk is essentially a biography of her own father. Which I have to assume almost no one was looking to read.

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