I just finished listening to the audiobook version of Mary L. Trump’s “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man”.
The audiobook is read by the author, which adds to the feeling of authenticity and conviction behind the words.
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.Source: Goodreads
I went into this book knowing it would be anger-inducing. It was.
What I didn’t know, was that it would be so devastatingly sad.
She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse […] her grandmother’s 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.Source: Goodreads
I think the author did a great job laying out the timeline of events, from both how the public perceived them, and how things were unfolding from within the family.
As far as I can tell, she has worked really hard to remain as objective as possible (as difficult as that was), but hearing her personal perception and opinions was also interesting. Her analysis of the history of the family (right back to her great-grandparents) and the current-day consequences on individuals, the US, and even the world, is insightful and thought-provoking.
I rated this book five stars on Goodreads.
I would note content warnings for abuse, coercive control, death, addiction/alcoholism, homophobia, racism, sexism, misogyny, use of slurs, and other related topics.
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