9781982141462 1982141468 Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man(10 customer reviews) $15.99
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man is an upcoming tell-all book written by Mary L. Trump, a niece of Donald Trump. The book is scheduled to be published on July 14, 2020, by Simon & Schuster. The book details how the author was the anonymous source who revealed Trump family tax returns to The New York Times; the reporting won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. A legal battle over whether the book could be published was waged in New York's judicial system, with an appellate judge allowing Simon & Schuster to publish the book.
The book's author, Mary L. Trump, a clinical psychologist, is a daughter of Fred Trump Jr., and a granddaughter of Fred Trump Sr. According to her book's publisher, Simon & Schuster, she has taught graduate students in the subjects of trauma, psychopathology, and developmental psychology. She has written a dissertation on stalking victims, conducted research on schizophrenia, and written parts of the prominent medical manual Diagnosis: Schizophrenia. Mary's father died in 1981 at the age of 42 from a heart attack due to alcoholism.
Following the death of Fred Sr. in 1999, Mary and her brother, Fred III, contested Fred Sr.'s will in probate court, claiming that Fred Sr. was suffering from dementia, and the will was "procured by fraud and undue influence" by Fred Sr.'s other children, Donald, Maryanne, and Robert. A week later, Donald, Maryanne, and Robert terminated health insurance coverage for Fred III's son, William, an 18-month old with epileptic spasms. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Mary said that her "aunt and uncles should be ashamed of themselves. I'm sure they are not." The suit was settled, with William's health insurance reinstated. Donald in 2016 explained his actions: "I was angry because they sued."
After her uncle's presidential campaign, Mary Trump came into contact with The New York Times, and provided tax documents from the Trump family as an anonymous source. The documents were used for a 2018 article that detailed financial fraud by Trump that won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner.
Barstow pursued Mary Trump with an offer to ghostwrite a book for her. He introduced her to Andrew Wylie, his agent, who offered her a multi-million dollar advance. Craig and Buettner were angry to find out about this, and the editors of the Times forbade Barstow from writing the book due to its ethical guidelines. She ended up working with Jay Mandel of WME, and sold her book to Simon & Schuster at an auction.
Simon & Schuster initially set a release date of August 11, 2020, and gave the exclusive report about it to The Daily Beast, which published an article about the book on June 15. Two days later, the book reached No. 5 on Amazon's bestseller list. The response to the article led them to move the publication date up to July 28. On July 6, Simon & Schuster announced that they moved the publication date to July 14 as a result of "high demand and extraordinary interest", which had led it to surpass The Room Where It Happened as the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon.
Donald Trump, according to The Daily Beast, discussed the possibility of taking legal action against Mary. Donald told Axios that Mary had previously signed a "very powerful" non-disclosure agreement that "covers everything", therefore according to Donald, she was "not allowed to write a book".
Robert Trump filed suit on June 23, attempting to secure a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order to block publication, citing Mary's non-disclosure agreement. In a hearing on June 25, judge Peter J. Kelly of the Queens County Surrogate Court in New York City, dismissed the case over lack of jurisdiction. Robert took his case to the Dutchess Supreme and County Court, where on June 30, judge Hal B. Greenwald ordered a temporary stay of the release of the book, while setting a hearing for July 10 to decide whether the book should be permanently blocked from publication. A New York appellate judge, Alan D. Scheinkman, on July 1, reversed the lower court’s decision, and ruled that Simon & Schuster could proceed and publish the book pending a hearing on July 10.
On July 2, 2020, Mary Trump filed a sworn affidavit alleging she was not bound by the NDA clause in the Settlement Agreement for numerous reasons, including that the asset “valuations ... in ... the Settlement Agreement ... were fraudulent.”
The book reportedly covers how Mary provided The New York Times with confidential tax documents from the Trump family, resulting in the Times alleging that Donald engaged in fraud, as well as reporting that Donald transferred approximately $413 million from his father's real estate businesses to aid his own struggling businesses during the 1990s. The book also accuses Donald of paying a friend, named Joe Shapiro, to take the SAT for him. Mary reportedly alleges in the book that Donald and Fred Sr. neglected her father and contributed to his death from alcoholism; also reportedly alleged is that Donald had disparaged and disregarded Fred Sr. upon the onset of Fred Sr.'s Alzheimer's disease.
- ISBN-13: 9781982141462
- ISBN-10: 1982141468
- Publisher- Simon & Schuster
- Language- English