After a good deal of legal wrangling, an incendiary book by President Trump's niece is beginning to come to light. A slew of excerpts surfaced publicly Tuesday, ahead of the expected release of Mary Trump's book next week.
"Honest work was never demanded of him, and no matter how badly he failed, he was rewarded in ways that are almost unfathomable. He continues to be protected from his own disasters in the White House," Mary Trump writes in Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"But now the stakes are far higher than they've ever been before; they are literally life and death. Unlike any previous time in his life, Donald's failings cannot be hidden or ignored because they threaten us all."
NPR has not yet reviewed a copy of the book, which Simon & Schuster bumped up from its original July 28 release date "due to high demand and extraordinary interest," according to the publisher. Release is now set for July 14.
But extracts cited by other media outlets Tuesday offered a scathing portrait of the president — one that very nearly did not survive the courts.
Initially, a general restraining order requested by the president's younger brother, Robert, blocked the book's release. But that order later was narrowed considerably in appeals court.
Justice Alan Scheinkman found that the restraining order should apply only to Mary Trump herself — daughter of the president's other brother, Fred Jr. — because of a years-old nondisclosure agreement that she signed with the Trump family following a financial settlement after her father's death.
Scheinkman's decision blocked Mary Trump from publishing her book on her own or from giving interviews, while at the same time effectively freeing up her publisher to move forward with the book.
"This is unprecedented that a publisher can proceed with a publication of a book but the author cannot," Simon & Schuster observed in a statement shared with NPR.
Trump's account details what the publisher describes as "the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic security, and social fabric."
"No one knows how Donald came to be who he is better than his own family. Unfortunately, almost all of them remain silent out of loyalty or fear. I'm not hindered by either of these," Trump writes in a prologue, according to an excerpt shared Tuesday by ABC.
"I hope this book will end the practice of referring to Donald's 'strategies' or 'agendas,' as if he operates according to any organizing principles. He doesn't."
Among the accusations Mary Trump levels at the president: She alleges he cheated on the SAT by paying someone to take the test for him, The New York Times reports.
The White House did not immediately respond publicly to the release of the excerpts.
It's far from the first time Trump has found himself the subject of a highly anticipated tell-all. Just last month, John Bolton, his former national security adviser, overcame the Trump administration's legal objections and published his own blistering memoir of his time working with the president.
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