Rawhide Down

Rawhide Down

The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

Book - 2011
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A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011
A Richmond Times Dispatch Top Book for 2011

A minute-by-minute account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was just seventy days into his first term of office when John Hinckley Jr. opened fire outside the Washington Hilton Hotel, wounding the president, press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a D.C. police officer. For years, few people knew the truth about how close the president came to dying, and no one has ever written a detailed narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on exclusive new interviews and never-before-seen documents, photos, and videos, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation faced a terrifying crisis that it had experienced less than twenty years before, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

With cinematic clarity, we see Secret Service agent Jerry Parr, whose fast reflexes saved the president's life; the brilliant surgeons who operated on Reagan as he was losing half his blood; and the small group of White House officials frantically trying to determine whether the country was under attack. Most especially, we encounter the man code-named "Rawhide," a leader of uncommon grace who inspired affection and awe in everyone who worked with him.

Ronald Reagan was the only serving U.S. president to survive being shot in an assassination attempt.* Rawhide Down is the first true record of the day and events that literally shaped Reagan's presidency and sealed his image in the modern American political firmament.

*There have been many assassination attempts on U.S. presidents, four of which were successful: Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy. President Theodore Roosevelt was injured in an assassination attempt after leaving office.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805093469
Branch Call Number: 973. 927 REA W
Characteristics: x, 305 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 10, 2016

Fantastic! Recommend to everyone!

Apr 14, 2013

Amazing that the Vice President of the US, George H.W. Bush, would be visiting the family of the assassin the night before! Will wondrous coincidences never cease? Especially as regards the Walker-Bush-Koch family (Bush was also brunching with the senior family member of the bin Laden family in Washington, D.C., the day of 9/11/01 - - Bush was in Dallas on the day of the assassination of President Kennedy [see Russ Baker's book, "Family of Secrets"], Prescott Bush was part of the group which tried to overthrow the FDR administration, and on and on).

Jul 11, 2011

Reagan is apotheosized from his black shoes to his Brylcreem, but the telling here of the assassination attempt is the next best thing to having been there, the real unassuming heroes however are in the operating rooms, where the skills, the dedication, and the very humanity of the caregivers are meticulously rendered and made to shine, a well researched, probably definitive work of some historical significance

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