Rawhide Down

Rawhide Down

The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

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Baker & Taylor
A minute-by-minute account of the 1981 assassination attempt on the 40th president reveals how close he came to dying, in a report that pays tribute to the individuals who saved his life and oversaw national security throughout the crisis. 150,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

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.



Blackwell Publishing
On March 30, 1981, After Giving a lunchtime speech, President Ronald Reagan walked out of a hotel in Washington, D.C., and heard gunfire. Hustled into his limousine, Reagan didn't immediately realize that he had been injured. But soon heùand the worldùlearned that he had been shot and badly wounded.

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 perilous day. Now, drawing on exclusive new sources and extensive interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation teetered on the brink of disaster. With cinematic clarity, we see the Secret Service agent 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 who managed the harrowing crisis. Most especially, we are given an unforgettable portrait of the man code-named Rawhide, a leader of uncommon grace and humor who inspired affection and awe in everyone who encountered him at this defining moment.

Ronald Reagan is the only serving U.S. president to survive being shot in an assassination attempt. In Rawhide Down, the story of that terrifying dayùa day of heroism, prayer, and hopeùis brought to life as never before.

Baker
& Taylor

A minute-by-minute account of the 1981 assassination attempt on the fortieth president reveals how close he came to dying, in a report that pays tribute to the individuals who saved his life and oversaw national security throughout the crisis.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805093469
080509346X
Branch Call Number: 973.927 W641r
Characteristics: 305 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm

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LearnDressage
Mar 10, 2016

Fantastic! Recommend to everyone!

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StarGladiator
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).

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richibi
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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