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Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Olson
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Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton By Barbara Olson

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Hell To Pay is yet another book on Hillary Rodham Clinton, this time from a conservative lawyer who served as the Republican chief counsel for the congressional committee investigating the Clintons' involvement in "Travelgate" and "Filegate". Barbara Olson traces the now familiar biographies of the president and first lady, contending that Mrs. Clinton is someone with dangerously liberal, even radical, political beliefs who "now seeks to foment revolutionary changes from the uniform of a pink suit". (Olson plays the theme heavily; each chapter of Hell to Pay begins with quotes from Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, which influenced the young Hillary Rodham.)

There are some interesting new titbits scattered throughout the book, like the fact that after law school Hillary Rodham tried to become a Marine Corp officer but was turned down; or that she told her high school paper her ambition after high school was "to marry a senator and settle down in Georgetown". Olson, attempting to dissect the mystery of the Clinton partnership, writes, "Most self-respecting women would have left" after Clinton's repeated infidelities. "Hillary chose to stay. She behaves as both a desperate lover, and like a frantic campaign manager protecting a flawed candidate...Hillary, it seems, long ago accepted Bill Clinton as someone who could advance her goals, as a necessary complement to her intellectual cold-blooded pursuit of power". As the Clinton presidency draws to a close, that pursuit has taken her beyond the White House toward a bid for her own US Senate seat. Olson predicts the Senate won't be enough, just the next step towards becoming the first woman president: "Hillary Clinton seeks nothing less than an office that will give her a platform from which to exercise real power and real world leadership". While Olson admits that "Bill Clinton has always excited the greatest passion not among his supporters, but among his detractors", the same could certainly be said of his wife--whose supporters will probably consider Hell to Pay a rehash of a too-familiar story, but whose detractors will no doubt savour every page. --Linda Killian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Revised Edition edition (5 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillary Unmasked 21 Aug. 2003
This was an eye-opening read to say the least. Even I, a proud member of the "right-wing conspiracy," was shocked by some of the things I learned about the junior senator from New York in this book. For one thing, Hillary was actually a Goldwater Republican in her youth. Another shocking disclosure is the fact that Hillary disdained shaving and using deodorant until she became the First Lady of Arkansas. I don't remember seeing any pictures of Hillary in her youth before, and now I know why. She apparently embraced the hippie culture of the time wholeheartedly. One thing the book did not completely clear up in my mind is the reason Hillary became so very radical so quickly. Clearly, she always had a plan to be a powerful political leader. I have often thought both she and her husband had no real political philosophy of their own, that they studied the political winds and grafted themselves to whatever issues seemed to be important to the voters. Barbara Olson shows us clearly that Hillary certainly has a political mindset upon which she acts; Hillary Clinton is not just a liberal, she is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist. This comes across most clearly in Hillary's passion for children's rights, a subject she has written much about. What comes through loud and clear is the fact that she thinks the government should oversee childrearing in this country, that families just don't know how to raise their children, and thus the government must step in to do their jobs for them. I had no idea just how radical her views on this subject were.
I won't take the time to mention all of the troubling things Hillary has done in her life. Suffice it to say that Olson clearly shows Hillary's involvement in Travelgate, Filegate, Whitewater, and all the other well-known scandals.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another tiresome hatchet job..... 16 Jan. 2008
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Unbelievable trash. Some old rope from desperate conservatives. It is so sad it is not even funny in a Bill O'Reilly over the top conservative way.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Olson Exposes A Phony 12 Dec. 1999
By "twodawgs" - Published on
This book is unabashedly anti-Clinton. And why not? The media won't, so somebody has to reveal the unseemly motives and behaviors that incubate the scandals that regularly bubble up from the depths of this White House. That's where *Hell to Pay* comes in. It spendidly unveils facts and events that the media overlook.
There are other books about the Clintons. One (Brock's) is solid and factual, but a little ponderous to read. Others (Stephanopolis' and Isakoff's) are more compelling, but they divulge little. Not so with this book, in which I had fun learning interesting, documented facts, and gaining insights that bring puzzle pieces together.
Ms. Olson shows how Mrs. Clinton - not James Carville - conceived the notion of the political campaign as war. All is fair, including hiring private investigators to dig up dirt, and barraging the opponent publicly with assertions that will hurt, but which need not be true.
Witness accounts disclose the Clintons' callous, sometimes savage, treatment of subordinates. There are illustrations of paranoia in the White House. In fact, Olson added to my knowledge of virtually every Clinton scandal. I especially enjoyed learning who and what Harold Ickes is.
Olson shows how several contemporary Clinton practices were learned from past experience. An example is "triangulation." As governor of Arkansas, Clinton was confronted with a federal court decision that left him no choice but to overhaul the state's school system. But doing so would require a tax hike, which would be tough to sell. Clinton put his wife in charge. After an extensive "listening tour," she proposed mandatory teacher testing and removing incompetent teachers as part of the tax hike bill. The voters liked the idea and gave Clinton his tax increase, all of which would go to schools. The teachers were outraged by the testing, but as time passed they saw that their jobs were safe, and that they could safely resume supporting Bill Clinton, for Mrs. Clinton had made sure very few incompetent teachers were fired, and the teachers saw new tax revenue flowing to their schools. Clinton triangulation produced form, but not substance. Arkansas school system's national ranking declined with Hillary in charge.
There's lots more; just get the book. Overall, Ms. Olson illustrates that Mrs. Clinton is not the nice lady the media strives to portray. Rather, Ms. Olson asserts, Ms. Clinton is more Nixonian than Nixon, except that Ms. Clinton lacks Nixon's statesmanship and conscience.
131 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can doubt this? 7 Dec. 1999
By M. Jude - Published on
...What I found fascinating about this book was its verifiability. In every case where Olson reveals some particularly damning bit of information, she is impecable about tieing it to easily corroborated additional public documentation. What is compelling about this book is not so much that it tends to confirm the worst suspicions of many who feel that the Clintons have been a disaster for the American body politic, but that it illuminates the reasons why this has taken place. Olson, by the by, never stoops to cheap shots and is noticably quiet when it comes to Chelsea and Hillary's relationship with her. This book, taken in isolation, would be considered a most distasteful expose of an American personality. Unfortunately, we are all part of the continuing story of Hillary Clinton. This book is more of an explanation for why a member of the extended family is locked in the attic. A good book....whether you like Hillary or not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile 21 Nov. 1999
By A. E. Miller, MD - Published on
While I'm no fan of Hillary Clinton, I wanted to read a biography that was neither a vitriolic diatribe, nor the usual puff piece. Hell to Pay filled the bill exactly. Very revealing. Recommend it highly
177 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Analysis - Couldn't put it Down! 20 Nov. 1999
By Larry Elam - Published on
It is easy to understand why all the reviews here are either five stars or one star. There is no middle ground here. This book is wonderfully written and contains very little rehashed material which at this point is very hard to do. The best part is the critical analysis of Hillary's past writings and how they expose a hidden political agenda. Olson's analysis of the First Lady's seemingly unaltered radical persuasion is convincingly demonstrated in this meticulously researched biography. This type of writing is not one star. One star is like trying to bury the many insights which this book magnificently exposes. Bravo Barbara!
80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Look At St. Hillary 7 Dec. 1999
Finally, a woman who can recognize this fraud for what she is. This book was written to expose the duplicitous behavior that brought down the Clinton administration. Consider if you will that if Hillary hadn't hidden billing records and had been forthright about Whitewater and the multitude of other scandals, there wouldn't have been a special prosecutor and he wouldn't have found out about Monica and Billy Boy's obstruction of justice. This view comes from no one less than Chris Matthews, an honest liberal. If you want the truth you read this, if you want to idolize St. Hillary then read Sheehy's shallow account. If you want this book, order it here, because some bookstores are censoring it and hiding it from view.
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