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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (821 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Swallow, Del Quentin Wilber, Del Quentin Wilbur Narrator: Fred Berman, Jason Culp Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally Knotwell | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting read. Tons of information not released to the public at the time of the assassination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/9/2014

    " I just read this last week when I was on my cruise. It was really good! I enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at how the Secret Service works. I wish it hadn't ended so abruptly, I felt it could have gone into a bit more detail at the end. But it was definitely worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book as someone who worked in DC the last several years. I obviously knew the story of the attack on Reagan, but the author did an excellent job filling on the details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott | 1/25/2014

    " Very interesting. I love well written history that makes events come alive. I recommend it. "

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