Audiobook, Memoir, Non Fiction

Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

Too Much and Not Enough

I’ve been reluctant to read books about Donald Trump because I didn’t think I’d learn anything beyond what I already know. But, I don’t know a lot about the Trump family, where he came from. I remember watching The Apprentice years ago, trying to figure out who this guy was because when I lived in Manhattan, he wasn’t a force in the true business community (my professional backyard). It didn’t take long for me to figure out from the show that something was missing from the business acumen. For me, Mary Trump fills in the missing pieces.

Ms. Trump tells the story with precision to complete a psychological profile that finally makes sense. She fills in the blanks where I finally understand his behaviors. A close friend of mine researched Fred Trump, Sr. and has pleaded with me to read his history. I didn’t dismiss his request, just filed it with all of the other stuff I thought I already knew enough about. Well, my friend should feel validated right now because to understand Donald, you have to know his father. He was completely shaped by this man, his creation on every level. That’s not a compliment as it would be if the same was said about me and my own father.

I’m really glad I opted for the audio version as Ms. Trump narrates her own story exceptionally well. In addition to the family dynamics, she provides an astonishing chronicle of exactly how they structured the family business and distribution of Fred’s estate to swindle the state and federal governments. This is more than sour grapes about what Ms. Trump did or didn’t receive. It’s a comprehensive forensic analysis of the financial transactions and structuring. My background in accounting didn’t hurt but it wasn’t necessary to understand what they did.

In summary, I believe this is necessary reading, no matter your political persuasion or thoughts about Ms. Trump. It is telling that, to date, no one from the Trump family has disputed the facts of the book and I now understand why they took extreme measures to block its printing and distribution. It will give you background to decide for yourself the measure of Donald Trump from someone who was there on the inside.

Book Info

  • Release Date: July 14, 2020
  • Narrator: Mary L. Trump
  • Audio Length: 7 hours, 5 minutes
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio




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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

35 thoughts on “Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.”

  1. I have this in my list and have been thinking about it as an Autumn read. So reading your post and review tells me everything I need to know, Yes, this one is a must read, and yes, I will be reading it sooner rather than later. I lived in NYC through the 80s and know all about Trump’s reputation during this time, which is why I was floored that people elected him president. He has been known since day one, and yet, here we are.

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      1. I hope she left no stone unturned because, I tell you, it was known way back when, that his father and family had strong ties to the KKK, and were unscrupulous in their business dealings. So I quite believe this is going to be something of an eye opener for many.

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  2. Thank you for the insightful review, Jonetta! I bought this one and now I wished I had gotten the audio! I may do both. I saw her on The View and felt they were really hard on her. It took courage to share this story of her family. I’m still dreading picking it up because I think it will be stressful for me! ❤️

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer💜 Meghan McCain was unprofessional as she relates everything to her own personal experience. She’s never gotten over the book, Game Change and is just as bitterly angry as she was when it was first released. Mary’s circumstances are different but she couldn’t see it. The other hosts were fair.

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  3. I tend not to read books about political figures that are still living… and just realized how morbid that sounds, lol. Regardless, this is a well-written review.

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  4. I just finished Becoming and whilst it was an uplifting experience it left me in a bad mood when it ended with Obama leaving office and Trump taking over (not that it came as a surprise 😉 ). I am definitely curious about this one, but I need to be in the right mood to read it.

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  5. I’m going to add this one to my maybe books for alter this year, I like to listen to a non-fiction now and then. But he is not my favorite topic, too aggravating, so I’ll have to be in the mood for it.

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    1. I don’t know that you can ever be in the right mood, at least I wasn’t. My two cousins were reading it at the same time and wanted to talk about it so that forced my hand. However, I’m glad they did because her story isn’t anything like what you hear on the news everyday.


  6. Wow. Sounds like quite a powerful read, although I also have avoided reading about him in general because I’m already upset every day by his lies and actions, and don’t really feel I need him even more present in my thoughts.

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  7. I just finished reading the book, the reflections on his childhood ad how this shaped his character today is quite insightful, but I still feel he is an extreme personality, a caricature perhaps – performing a part, designed to shock and create extreme reactions.

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