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For the first time, a minute-by-minute account of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan
On March 30, 1981, President Reagan walked out of a hotel in Washington, D.C., and was shot by a would-be assassin. 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, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation faced a terrifying crisis. 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 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. In Rawhide Down, the story of that perilous day—a day of chaos, crisis, prayer, heroism, and hope—is brought to life as never before.
For more than 13 years, Bill O'Reilly has presided over The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel. He is the author of ten books, the most recent of which is Killing Lincoln: The Assassination that Changed America Forever (available September 27).
Rawhide Down is enthralling because of the tremendous detail that Del Quentin Wilber provides to the reader. We learn about President Ronald Reagan's daily habits, his grooming, his demeanor on the job, as well as how he reacted after being shot. We also see how the would-be assassin, John Hinckley, conducted himself in the days leading up to the shooting.
This is fascinating stuff and, as a history buff, I couldn't get enough of it. Most Americans have nearly forgotten that Mr. Reagan was on the verge of death after being shot by the unstable Hinckley, and the drama of how the president's life was saved is intense.
This book is a page-turner from beginning to end and I believe you will learn a lot about an event that came razor-close to changing America forever and certainly altered the presidency of Mr. Reagan. Rich in detail with reporting I have never heard before, Rawhide Down rewards the reader on just about every page. Trust me on this.
Lots of names, but since I was 25 then and followed politics, mostvwere familiar. It picks up speed and reads like a thriller. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ann
Good read. Goes step by step through one day. Gives good background on all of the players.Published 8 days ago by Jay Mulhern
Excellent book that covered the minutiae of the who were protecting or treating President Reagan just 70 days after inauguration. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg Noble
'Rawhide Down' is an amazing story of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan and some of the events that surround it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Suriano
A fine book, which will only disappoint those liberals who witsfully think: "John, you came so close. Just another inch...that's all it would have taken...so close... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gregory Koster
I have always been a fan of President Reagan. This book helped fill in the gaps of what and why this happened. Great read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer