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Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family…

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most… (udgave 2020)

af Mary L. Trump Ph. D. (Forfatter)

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Titel:Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
Forfattere:Mary L. Trump Ph. D. (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2020), Edition: 1, 240 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man af Mary L. Trump

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"Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man", by Mary L. Trump, PH.D. will be loved by the Trump haters, and loathed by the Trump supporters. With that being said, I tried approaching this book with an open-mind. I found it quite interesting, as the novel provided a lot of insight of the Trump family (not only Donald), based on the first-hand experiences and interviews conducted by Mary L. Trump, PH.D.
Based on my personal feelings of our former president, I know feel that I have a better understanding of his words and actions before, during and after his presidency.
No matter your feelings towards our former president, I feel that the book is worth reading. It's well written and easy to follow. ( )
  AndreaHelena | May 6, 2021 |

Ms. Trump’s book is laid out logically, it is well organized and well written. On the whole it’s a dull read. It does give insights into Donald J. Trump’s early family life but mostly confirms what most have already figured out. DJT is an ignorant, damaged, deeply biased, sadistic, and fearful man. DJT is determined to never be exposed for a lifetime of fraud and failure. He will do anything, including killing millions, to avoid exposure or accountability.

Mary Trump is very much like the rest of her family—damaged. The book is replete with poor little trust fund baby entitlement and blame from Ms. Trump to other family members that just becomes a tedious chore for the reader.

Mary definitely blames everyone around her; especially her grandfather Fred and DJT for her father’s (DJT’s brother) early death from alcoholism. Her father’s death is a tragedy and emotional scar that will never heal. Ms. Trump beats this drum of trauma throughout the majority of the book which is why reading it is tiresome. Certain aspects will leave you with the impression of a spoiled brat. At least she’s working towards self-improvement but her unabashed motivation is revenge. Revenge for her father’s sad death and for how the family cheated her out of her inheritance.

Understanding Mary’s family dynamics draws the reader to the inescapable conclusion that “We the People” are now DJT’s long suffering, damaged, and sick family. As the patriarch of the family he delights in sadistic Machiavellian machinations. Like the Trump family, the American family has become a pit of treacherous vipers. Learning to navigate the Trump family snake pit is a matter of survival for them. It is how he was raised, what he knows, what he teaches and what he’s recreated in our society. The more treacherous the person (and more money) the more they are valued in the family hierarchy.

I recommend saving time: just read the final chapter and epilogue as that will give you the entire gist of her primary message. Ms. Trump does effectively meet her objective to “bring Donald down” and does so—brilliantly. If your goal is to confirm or understand why DJT is the way he is then you should invest the time and money to read it. Having bought the book and looking back while considering its value; I’d wished a friend had given me just the last chapter and epilogue so I could have saved the money 💰 and time ⏰. You will learn some new things but mostly it will cement what you already know or suspect about why Donald J. Trump is the way he is. —By: @KatoJustus4 ( )
  KatoJustus | Apr 6, 2021 |
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 ( )
1 stem Randy_Foster | Feb 13, 2021 |
The most important book of the year. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
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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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