I had to add this to my Trump library – I think I’ve read 18 books about Trump and his his mess of an administration now, some better than others but all contributing to the satisfaction of my curiosity. This is a good one for the more personal aspects of him and his life.
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man
by Mary Trump
read by author – 7h 5m
rating 8 / memoir
It turns out to be an interesting and much-hyped portrait of the family life of Donald Trump by his niece Mary Trump. It’s an inside peak at the forces which enabled Trump to become the narcissistic approval-seeking man he is with no real concern for anyone other than himself and that he gets his way.
Mary didn’t know Donald all that well while she was growing up, but she’s a clinical psychologist with a PhD in the field and looks at him and his behavior from an educated point of view. She also has some knowledge of the financial dealings of the Trump family due to Donald’s tax returns.
It seems that Donald Trump is not an intellectual man, but he’s savvy in some way which attracts some people and keeps them giving in to him and what he wants. If they don’t he simply takes it. This began with his need for their approval which apparently originated with his father.
Mary Trump’s father, Freddie, was Donald’s older brother but Freddie could never do well enough for his father to approve of. He failed over and over and ended up dying young, of alcoholism. Donald learned how to get that approval – or he was born with it, something.
Anyway, the book is engaging if not terribly well written and I do wish it were better organized. It feels like a slap-dash effort to get it out on the market while the getting was good (before Trump filed another suit). There are no photos, no family tree, no source notes. It’s good though and the audio version is also pretty good and that’s not always an easy thing for an author to do. How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man