Simon & Schuster Moves Up Release Of Mary Trump's Bombshell Memoir

Brenda Watkins
July 7, 2020

Simon & Schuster released the back cover as it announced they are releasing Mary's memoir Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man two weeks early.

Mary Trump, who has kept a notably low-profile, has frequently clashed with and opposed her family over the years. It should also be noted Ms Trump was not alive during her uncle's childhood, the dynamics of which she describes.

"Love meant nothing to Fred; he expected obedience, that was all", she writes in another excerpt, referring to the president's late father. Despite a non-disclosure agreement Mary Trump signed in 2001, a judge ruled the book could be released with no edits.

In the book, Mary Trump writes that current challenges have weakened the president's usual tools for shielding himself from blame.

The restraining order does not apply to Simon & Schuster. The publisher has already printed 75,000 copies of the book, according to court filings. As it stands now, Simon & Schuster have the right to publish whenever it wants.

"When there is a breach of contract, that does not stop speech", says Katie Townsend, legal director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.

Mary Trump writes that some of the book is based on her own memory, and in parts reconstructed some dialogue based on what she was told by some members of the family and others, as well as legal documents, bank statements, tax returns and other documents.

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Mary Trump dismisses the notion that the president is playing 4D-chess when it comes to his political moves and that he operates according to a strategy: "He doesn't".

Moreover, her uncles and aunt have been talking in public about the family for years without seeking her permission.

That, she writes, left the future president and his siblings dependent on his father, Fred Trump, a NY property developer who died in 1999 and who Mary Trump describes as a "high-functioning sociopath".

"His ability to control unfavorable situations by lying, spinning, and obfuscating has diminished to the point of impotence in the midst of the tragedies we are now facing", she said.

"President Trump and his family didn't disclose the truth about the assets that were involved in the agreement", he said.

Robert Trump's lawyer, Charles Harder, best known for representing celebrities in battles with the media, including first lady Melania Trump, has not responded to messages from USA TODAY.

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