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Too Much and Never Enough

How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
Narrated by: Mary L. Trump PhD
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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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 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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Trump by Trump

Very interesting, sad, and revealing. Easy to listen to and written without malice but facts. .

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-2020

A complete guide to understanding Donald Trump

What I liked about this book: The book was although 6hrs to describe Donald’s upbringing and the reason for who he is today but even as short as it was,the author still made it work I can say for myself now I understand and if she hadn’t written it a lot of people would still be in the dark till today. To whom I would recommend this book: Hmm how about the millions of people who still want to vote for him a second time and every other person who still follows his covid Doctor tips. Ratings: Really is that a question? The book was outstanding,I live in Nigeria a country who is blindly following every whim of the president of the United States and its really affecting me and my fellow citizens.So even here in Africa we feel the brunt of trumps ignorance.So five stars to that book for telling us the truth about him I know this book will have a lot of haters but its the truth not from an outsider but from family imagine that.Excellent.

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  • 19-07-2020

A riveting and revealing read.

The inside story of the Trump family history gave an intriguing insight to the President's personality, behaviour and psyche.

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  • Kent
  • 30-07-2020

Listen with an open mind

Such a tragic story of a family that had so much promise but was so full of dysfunctional relationships. America needs leadership which is above everything else committed to the service of its people.. this provides unique insight in a man who seems to motivated by a deep sense of personality conflict..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-2020

Total miss and great disappointment

I had great expectations to this book and found it a total disappointment. The book is more about how badly she (and her “poor dad”) has been treated rather than an attempt at giving any new insights to Donald’s behavior and mental state. Don’t waste your time, save your money and buy another book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2020

Wow.

Thoroughly enjoyed. A real eye opener. Brutally honest. A must listen. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Richard Kelly
  • 19-07-2020

What a messed up family. The lot of them.

I found this book very insightful. So many things don’t make sense when watching Donald Trump play president. Mary Trump’s explanations helped to start to understand that life like him exists and that he is surrounded by family who are just a variation of like him. Don’t feel sorry for any of them with the exception of Mary and her side of the family. Well done though.

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  • Brian
  • 16-07-2020

Totally enthralling presentation

This is a well written story. Even if it wasnt true and aimed at Donald J Trump it would still rate as an enthralling account of a young girls journey in a family led by an egotistical patriarc. I felt I was on the journey with her. It was enjoyably narrated by the author. The fact that it was aimed at taking down her uncle Donald is neither here nor there. It displays reasons why he is such a nasty piece of bussiness but offers no excuse for his behavjiuor but condems him and his behaviour. I would look for any work written or narrated by this lady on any subject as she has a real talent.

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  • Jeanine C.
  • 16-07-2020

Outstanding!

Great insight into the making Donald Trump. Thank you, Mary for reliving and sharing difficult times for America.

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  • Dawn
  • 11-10-2020

Essential Reading

Mary Trump cuts through all the static to provide incisive and indispensable insights into Donald’s psychology. Her wit, compassion and her survival despite all the trauma she recounts is a tribute to her strength of character. She is a crucial witness and commentator in current times. Thank you Mary Trump.

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  • Thomas
  • 09-08-2020

Very interesting story and analysis

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. I appreciate Mary's valuable insights into the Trump family. It is clear that money alone does not bring happiness

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  • 16-07-2020

Too much and never detached

I listened to this in 24 hours. It is a bit like Dallas the 1970s oil tycoon soap with JR. The author, and reader, Mary Trump, POTUS’s niece certainly has an axe to grind or at least wield. Clearly there is no love lost between her and DT and she seems to put a lot of emphasis on the cause of her father’s untimely death due to alcohol related illnesses on her father’s pathological relationship with his own father, Fred, and younger brother DT. The author is a clinical psychologist and although she comments on the difficulty of examining family dynamics if you are a part of the family it doesn’t stop her indulging in a lot of analysis and psychological understandings of what is going on. I am a retired consultant psychiatrist and was able to understand her points but clearly she was far too emotionally involved for her observations to be very helpful. It is a bit of an unrelenting attack on DT and since I am no fan of his I enjoyed it. Clearly more heat than light. But an addictive and entertaining listen.

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  • martin
  • 16-07-2020

Excellent narration and information. Not usual trump book!

I don’t write reviews and had to for this. Live in Ireland and read a lot of trump books (pauses Bolton’s to listen to this). This isn’t politics it’s just insight into the man. It lets you know the why to what you know he is doing. It explains huge amounts. Well read and great pace. Couldn’t recommend enough.

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  • ccd
  • 15-07-2020

A True Story

A must for every voter, you can understand why the Trumps tried to stop the publication. A dysfunctional family leading to a very dysfunctional and poor president

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  • John k
  • 17-07-2020

too much is too much

I don't care for Donald Trump , With that said this book is really about Mary how she would take all insults and degredation to eat at the same trough as the rest of this appalling family . It is mostly about Mary feeling hard done by because her father squandered the fortune he was given . and her being left out of a Will. very little about DT we did not already know . waste of a credit .

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  • J. Wexler
  • 16-07-2020

A view of a dysfunctional family, dominated by a control freak.

Basically the story of Fred Trump Sr. And the dysfunctional and controlling way he dominated his family. This is the same story as any of another Sociopathic men who due to childhood trauma, become merciless predators on their families and society. The result is the same. Theft, greed cruelty are engaged in and spread like disease, creating a family wide nightmare. While the book is a focus on Donald Trump, it is actually a blueprint for Dysfunctional parents and families, raising and creating dysfunctional children.

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  • FKblue
  • 16-07-2020

Worth a listen for greater insight into the monster!

Delighted that Audible released this recording on the same release date as the book. Great that narration is by the author. Don’t be disappointed in the information, this is a reflection of her father’s life and death as she experienced it as a child and young woman and how the Trump family dynamic and dysfunction impacted on all family members. Couldn’t stop listening, well written and narrated. USA needs to elect a new president in November 2020!

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  • Emma
  • 17-07-2020

Well worth a listen

For anyone interested in the psyche of the current US President. The author being both his niece and a clinical psychologist gives a fascinating insight into why Trump is the way he is, where the hyperbole, arrogance and dishonesty comes from. The sort of book you can listen to in one day, if you’re not busy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-2020

Disappointed

I bought this book as the author is a clinical psychologist and I thought we would get an experts insight into the disturbing behaviours Trump displays. However, the majority of the book focussed on the history of the family. I know this has shaped the person we see today but for me the balance was the wrong way round. Wish “The dangerous case of Donald Trump” authors would publish an updated version. I’d love to hear what they have to say 3 1/2 years into his surreal presidency.

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  • I R romance lover UK
  • 17-07-2020

Fantastic read and terrifying.

This is a very eye opening story. There are people who should have to be tested and licensed to have children. Fred Trump shoukd never have been allowed to parent anyone.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 16-07-2020

Worth a listen to if you want proof from the family

Well written, well informed and so enlightening about the Trump . Always to the point of her blurb and book descriptions.

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