Mary Trump's book hits shelves early due to 'extraordinarily high demand'

The book has skyrocketed to the top of Amazon's best seller list.
The book has skyrocketed to the top of Amazon's best seller list. Photo credit: Amazon/Twitter

A controversial biography of US President Donald Trump written by his niece will hit shelves early due to "extraordinarily high demand".

Mary L. Trump's book Too Much and Never Enough, How My Family Created The World's Most Dangerous Man was originally slated for release in August - however publisher Simon and Shuster said "extraordinarily high demand" pushed the book's release forward. 

After skyrocketing to number 5 on the Amazon's bestseller list, the publication date was moved to July 28. On Monday the publisher announced the release would be pushed forward again to July 14 after it reached number 1 on Amazon for pre-sales. 

Mary, the daughter of Donald's late older brother Fred, is a clinical psychologist.  She says her uncle has "a penchant for division" which is stoking the flames of crisis in the US.

She writes the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout along with the deepening social divide caused by generations of racial inequity in America have exposed "the worst effects" of Donald Trump's personality.

"Donald's penchant for division, and uncertainty about our country's future have created a perfect storm of catastrophes that no one is less equipped than my uncle to manage," one passage read, according to a preview by AP. 

She also blasts the President as being "much the same as he was at three years old: incapable of growing, learning, or evolving, unable to regulate his emotions, moderate his responses, or take in and synthesize information".

The book has been hit by legal bumps on its way to publication with the President's brother Robert trying to bar it from being released, reports local news site Patch New York.

Robert cited a non-disclosure agreement related to the President's father Fred Trump. He argued Mary was subject to a 20-year-old agreement between the Trump family which stipulated no one would publish accounts on core family members without prior approval.

Publisher Simon and Schuster said it did not know about the alleged agreement and 75,000 first-run editions of the book had been sent to bookstores already.