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

af Mary L. Trump

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Viser 1-5 af 70 (næste | vis alle)
Gave it a go; but no new material interesting to me. Browsed and tossed.
  2wonderY | Feb 16, 2021 |
Let Me Tread Lightly

I write these reviews to hopefully help you decide whether or not to read a book. This one depends upon a lot factors. For that reason, I give you three perspectives, as follows:

1. IF YOU HATE TRUMP ... you will enjoy this book. Mary Trump, niece of Donald and daughter of Donald’s deceased older brother Freddy, despises everything about Donald Trump, all of Donald’s siblings living and dead, and both of Donald’s parents (her grandparents). The first thirty pages of intro will really draw you in as literally every word is dripping with hatred and disgust. Once the story starts, things calm down a little so don’t expect the delicious digs continuously throughout the entire book. Mary describes in great detail her beliefs on the psychological factors at work that turned Donald into a raging sociopath that she even refers to as a “mass murderer” in her epilogue. That should give you an idea of how much fun you will have nodding your head in agreement as you ask yourself, “why doesn’t anyone else SEE this!?”

2. IF YOU ARE A TRUMP SUPPORTER ... I’m not sure why you’d want to put yourself through this, but it will be very clear from the opening pages that the author HATES Donald Trump. Her hatred at times will detract from the points she is trying so desperately to make. What she sees as a sociopath, you will see as a shrewd businessman. When she repeatedly calls Donald stupid and incompetent, you will likely wonder, how then did he become so rich AND win a presidential election? And it will be very obvious to you that the author was extremely disgruntled after her grandfather cut her out of his will. In short, you will likely see the opposite side of every coin she tosses into this fountain of disdain.

3. IF YOU ARE A MIDDLE OF THE ROAD TYPE ... you will learn things about the Trump empire that you may not have known. You will learn of the patriarch Fred and how he built his wealth, then tried to groom his firstborn son (Freddy) unsuccessfully before moving on to his second-born son (Donald) who took to schmoozing like a duck to water.

4. FOR ALL READERS .... It is unlikely that anything in this book is going to sway you much to one side or the other or change your mind from what you already think. But then again, at this point, I’m not sure what would.

3 out of 5 stars ( )
  Randy_Foster | Feb 13, 2021 |
The most important book of the year. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
This book helped me understand the family background and environment that the Trumps grew up in. It is said that we are shaped by both nature and how we are nurtured. This could not be more true for this family. It is very professionally written, not a "tell all" type book. Mary Trump is very well educated and insightful. Narcissism is a dangerous mental illness that includes bullying, lying, soul punishing actions by the individual who is put into a place of power without proper scrutiny. It has no place at the head of governments. ( )
  Katyefk | Jan 2, 2021 |
As hard to read as it is to live through. ( )
  sberson | Dec 31, 2020 |
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The sins of the father loom large too in Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump (Simon & Schuster), a fascinating memoir from the US president's niece that sheds a very prescient light on his refusal to quit the White House. The author's own father, Donald’s brother Freddy, was the eldest son of the family; in her telling, Donald and Freddy's father, Fred Trump Sr, was a sociopath who pitted his children cruelly against each other. Eventually Freddy Jr is deemed the loser, not fit to inherit the family business, and brutally rejected. Donald steps up, but never forgets the lesson that failure equals ostracism. From then on everything he touches must always be terrific, amazing, the best it could be.
tilføjet af Cynfelyn | RedigerThe Guardian, Gaby Hinsliff (Nov 28, 2020)
But the most interesting assessments she offers are reserved for those inside the “institutions,” the people who might have saved us and certainly have not, from the nuclear family, to the Trump businesses, to New York’s bankers and powerful elites, to Bill Barr, Mike Pompeo, and Jared Kushner. They all knew and know that the emperor has no clothes, even as they devote their last shreds of dignity to effusive praise of his ermine trim and jaunty crown....
As she concludes, his sociopathy “reminds me that Donald isn’t really the problem at all.” That makes hers something other than the 15th book about the fathoms-deep pathologies of Donald Trump: It is the first real reckoning with all those who “caused the darkness.”
tilføjet af 2wonderY | RedigerSlate.com, Dahlia Lithwick (Jul 13, 2020)
“Too Much and Never Enough” is a deftly written account of cross-generational trauma, but it is also suffused by an almost desperate sadness — sadness in the stories it tells and sadness in the telling, too. Mary Trump brings to this account the insider perspective of a family member, the observational and analytical abilities of a clinical psychologist and the writing talent of a former graduate student in comparative literature. But she also brings the grudges of estrangement.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerThe Washington Post, Carlos Lozada (pay site) (Jul 9, 2020)
Writing with the sharp eye of a perpetual outsider in her own family, Trump presents a melancholic portrait of their complicity in her uncle's worst behaviors. Readers who despair for President Trump's ability to lead the country out of its current crises will have their worst suspicions confirmed.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerPublishers Weekly (Jul 8, 2020)
“It felt,” she writes, “as though 62,979,636 voters had chosen to turn this country into a macro version of my malignantly dysfunctional family.” ... And it goes on, coming to a head in the unbelievable story of Fred Trump’s will. Does Mary Trump, Ph.D., have an ax to grind? Sure. So do we all. Dripping with snideness, vibrating with rage, and gleaming with clarity—a deeply satisfying read.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Jul 8, 2020)
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[Prologue] I'd always liked my name.
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[Epilogue] On November 9, 2016, my despair was triggered in part by the certainty that Donald's cruelty and incompetence would get people killed.
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The lies may become true as soon as he utters them, but they're still lies.  It's just another way for him to see what he can get away with. And so far, he's gotten away with everything.
“I never challenged my father,” Maryanne said. “Ever.” It was easier to go along for the ride. Donald’s chiefs of staff are prime examples of this phenomenon. John Kelly, at least for a while, and Mick Mulvaney, without any reservations at all, would behave the same way—until they were ousted for not being sufficiently “loyal.” That’s how it always works with the sycophants. First they remain silent no matter what outrages are committed; then they make themselves complicit by not acting. Ultimately, they find they are expendable when Donald needs a scapegoat.
Once Donald moved into Atlantic City, there was no longer any denying that he wasn’t just ill-suited to the day-to-day grind of running a few dozen middle-class rental properties in the outer boroughs, he was ill-suited to running any kind of business at all—even one that ostensibly played to his strengths of self-promotion and self-aggrandizement and his taste for glitz.
Knowing ahead of time that you’re going to be bailed out if you fail renders the narrative leading up to that moment meaningless. Claim that a failure is a tremendous victory, and the shameless grandiosity will retroactively make it so. That guaranteed that Donald would never change, even if he were capable of changing, because he simply didn’t need to. It also guaranteed a cascade of increasingly consequential failures that would ultimately render all of us collateral damage.
Donald was to my grandfather what the border wall has been for Donald: a vanity project funded at the expense of more worthy pursuits.
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