Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man, By Mary L. Trump
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.
The Damaged Man In The Oval Office
Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparent’s large imposing house in the heart of Queens, New York, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of trauma, 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 interactions, Mary brings an incisive with an unexpected humor to sometimes grim, often confounding family events. She recounts in unsparing detail everything from the uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for re-gifting to her grandmothers 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.
Distraction Playing To Trump’s Advantage
“The media failed to notice that not one member of Donald’s family, apart from his children, his son-in-law and his current wife, said a word in support of him during the entire campaign,” she writes.
They are noticing now, obviously, as headlines were blasted out this week of some of her claims, including one that the future president cheated on the SATs and another that he tried to hoodwink his father into altering his will in a way that would give him control of his estate.
Yet even these new claims about Trump might not have a long shelf life amid the daily chaos of the administration. As Mary Trump writes, “If he can keep forty-seven thousand spinning plates in the air, nobody can focus on any one of them. So there’s that: it’s just distraction.”
Mary Trump’s perspective is from the family-insider’s, threatening enough to spill all their secrets that another uncle, Robert has gone to court to try to get her to stop it. The horse already has left the barn, though and her version of family history isn’t pretty.
Trump Family Dinners
Imagine the worst family dinner you’ve ever attended, full of petty rivalries, casual bigotry, patriarchal bullying and simmering resentments over money. Recall the loud mouth uncle who hijacks every gathering radiating entitlement and braggadocio. Throw in a heavy dose of alcoholism, contested wills and Darwinian culture of brutal one-upmanship. Then imagine the bombastic uncle somehow became president of the United States and you may begin to understand where Mary L. Trump is coming from in this book.
In one scene, during dinner at the White House, in the executive dining room upstairs, midway through the dinner, Jared Kushner strides through the doors, and over to whisper imperiously in Donald’s ear. At his appearance, Ivanka bounced up and down in her chair, clapping her hands and squealing, OH, LOOK! Jared’s back from his trip to the Middle East! Mary found this to be slightly ridiculous, since everybody had just seen Kushner in the Oval Office a half hour before.
If in fact Trump fails to win a second term in November, one of the major factors will have been his pathetic bungling of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Trump has steadfastly refused to acknowledge the fact that the virus even exists, continuing to call it a HOAX.
When he was 15 years old, Donald’s father, Fred Trump Sr. got the opportunity of a lifetime. Fred’s mother, Donald’s grandmother, recognizing her son’s aptitude for the work, became his real estate business partner, bring in an initial investment of what would be about $300,000 in today’s money. How did a woman come by that kind of nut egg in turn of the century New York?
It was the estate that her husband Frederich left her when he was killed in the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918! That’s right. Fred Trump Sr. begat the family fortune his son has so sadly pissed away with the money he got from his mother when his father died in the last great pandemic until the one, his own son refuses to acknowledge even exists today. It doesn’t get much more ironic than that.
About The Author, Mary L. Trump
Mary L. Trump is the oldest daughter of Fred Trump Jr., the oldest brother of Donald J. Trump, thus making Mary, Donald’s niece. Mary earned a Masters in Literature at Columbia and a Doctorate in Psychology from Adelphi University. In her book, Mary showcases the perspective of a clinical psychologist with firsthand experience and insider knowledge of the Trump family and specifically Donald Trump.
Because of her Literature and Psychology degrees, the public experts, as does the marketing of the book suggest, an unbiased and professional layout of events in the Trump family that shaped Donald J. Trump to be who he is today. “The Most Dangerous Man In The World.” Mary says.
In this book, she shines a light on the various difficulties the Trump family had with their family. This includes, but not limited to the victimization of Donald Trump from his father and his relationship with his brother. There is a heavy focus on the atmosphere in the house and the development of the man now the 45th president of the United States.
Fred Trump Jr.
Mary discussed the real estate business of her family. She explains that her father was warm and easy-going in all aspects but could not play the rule of a cutthroat real estate Baron. Donald and Fred’s father expected these things from Fred, but instead Donald steps up and takes over the role of handling the business and running it.
In 1981, at the age of 42, Fred Jr. died due to “health complications because of alcoholism”. Donald Trump abstains from tobacco and alcohol saying, “I watched him and I learned from him”.
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.
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