Simon & Schuster, the publisher of an upcoming tell-all book written by President Trump’s niece Mary Trump announced Monday that it was advancing the book release two weeks earlier than expected as a result of “high demand and extraordinary interest.”
The forthcoming book, titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” was expected to be released July 28 and is advertised as a “revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him.”
The New York State Appellate Division lifted a temporary legal restraint last Wednesday a day after a New York State Supreme Court judge granted a request for a temporary restraining order against Simon & Schuster and Mary Trump requested by Robert Trump, President Trump’s brother. In court papers, Robert cited an NDA agreement Mary signed in 2001 as part of a 1999 settlement disputing President Trump and Robert’s father, Fred Trump’s estate. The NDA includes a confidentiality clause explicitly saying that no one in the Trump family would publish any account “concerning the litigation or their relationship,” unless they all agreed.
The appellate court judge ruled that Simon & Schuster did not enter into the NDA agreement, therefore isn’t bound to any agreement made therein.
“The evidence submitted is insufficient for this Court to determine whether the plaintiff is likely to succeed in establishing that claim,” the appeals court said. “While Ms. Trump unquestionably possesses the same First Amendment expressive rights belonging to all Americans, she also possesses the right to enter into contracts, including the right to contract away her First Amendment rights. Unlike Ms. Trump, Simon & Schuster has not agreed to surrender or relinquish any of its First Amendment rights.”
However, Mary is still expected to appear in court on July 10 for a hearing, as the temporary restraining order still applies and is personally barred publishing or distributing any content from her book.
Lawyers for Mary filed an affidavit in her ongoing legal case over the book on Thursday, in which they argue that the non-disclosure agreement was based on fraudulent financial information. Mary argued that she “never believed” an NDA would “possibly restrict” her from writing a book about “the conduct and character of my uncle, the sitting President of the United States, during his campaign for re-election.”
In a promotional press release of the book and the new date, Simon & Schuster released some text from the book’s prologue, in which Mary will share “in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for regifting to 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.”
“And I am the only Trump who is willing to tell it,” Mary writes.
The publisher’s release also says: “Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists, and journalists have sought to parse Donald J. Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing, to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.”