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Publisher Description

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 

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

This special enhanced edition contains videos, photos, and other documents related to the Reagan assassination attempt. 

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.

March 15

Customer Reviews

imsam67 ,

Well documented

I think this is a well written book with lots of actual documents to assure readers of the accuracy of information provided in the book.

I've always liked and admired President Reagan but learning about his poise and grace after such a horrible attack on his life, I truly understood the meaning of "Grace of God".

OP Miami ,

Rawhide down

I really appreciated the detail the author provided. It was a well done effort. It was a quick, interesting read but the author clearly went out of his way to provide a substantial amount of insight on the events of that day.

CLYoung ,

A Wonderful Read

The book is well thought out, smoothly connected and riveting to read. The enhanced version is well worth the small additional expense due to the incredible background detail available from the additional audio, video and documentary sources. "Rawhide" brings home not only the fear for our President this moment generated, but the pride we felt in his response and in the response of his staff and the hospital staff as well.

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