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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Revised Edition edition (September 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261977
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 tidbits scattered throughout the book, like the fact that after law school Hillary Rodham tried to become a Marine Corps 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 U.S. Senate seat. Olson predicts the Senate won't be enough, just the next step toward 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 savor every page. --Linda Killian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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A good book....whether you like Hillary or not!
M. Jude
This book is extremely well researched and documented -- footnotes abound -- as I would expect from a prosecutor.
M. Forbes
Barbara Olson's book lays bare the REAL Hillary Clinton.
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By "twodawgs" on December 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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.
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115 of 123 people found the following review helpful By M. Jude on December 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
...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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164 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Larry Elam on November 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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!
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136 of 147 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After hearing Ms. Olson do a radio interview on the Straight Talk program, I was compelled to buy this book. I'm glad I did. It gave me insight to Hillary and helped me understand why she is running (or saying she is running) for Senate. I think the book does show a bias, but I am smart enough to read through that and get down to the facts, which she provides plenty of. Overall, a good book.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Miller, MD on November 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM RICHARDSON on December 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Dick Joslin on November 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Hell to Pay is a straight forward summation of the life of Hillary Clinton, presented unemotionally, as if by a prosecutor to a jury. (That's you, the reader.) Direct and revealing of "just the facts, mam", judgement is left to the reader. Broad in scope it does much to runravel a very tangled web. It's well worth the reading!
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Eagle in NYC on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
....Here is how Barbara Olson begins Chapter 1. She begins with this intro quote: "Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life." - Saul Alinksy, "Rules For Radicals" She then begins her book: "Do you remember Hillary's preelection baby? In the summer before the 1996 election, when the Clintons' popularity had waned and it seemed as if the struggle for reelection might not succeed, Hillary Rodham Clinton let journalist Walter Isaacson know that she and the president had `talked about' adopting a baby. She let it slip that they were '`talking about it more now.'' She added, `I must say we're hoping to have another child.'..." Brilliant juxtaposition and the book gets better from there. I especially enjoyed her analysis of how Hillary, far from being a passive "Tammy Wynette", actually commanded the team of "secret police" (Dick Morris's term) who's job it is to humiliate, intimidate and destroy the countless women who have over the years come in contact with his Crooked Willy. She is far from being a mere enabler. Because of her rise in power each time she rescues him from scandal, she, in their own sick little relationship, actually encourages his depravity. If you want to know how low this woman actually is, ask yourself why she has never addressed the sexual abuse allegations of the Democratic fundraiser, Kathleen Willey, or the rape allegation of Democratic campaign worker, Juanita Broadderick? And why, after years of destroying these little women, did she have the gall to go on national TV and flat out lie that the rumors (later of course proven true) that he had sex with the 21 year old Democratic White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, were part of a "vast right wing conspiracy"?
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