After the Trump family went to court to stop the book—and lost—it was published last week and has reportedly sold a million copies. This memoir/psychological dissection, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” is a harrowing account of a man and a clan shaped by ego, rivalry, the pursuit of wealth, and profound pathology.
Mary Trump’s depiction of her uncle as a broken human being—broken by his father, Fred, a ruthless patriarch with sociopathic traits—is more explanatory than revelatory. She doesn’t show us a Trump we haven’t already seen. But she explains how and why he became a person more concerned about his TV ratings than the deaths of 140,000 fellow Americans.