By Del Quentin Wilber
For the 1st time, a minute-by-minute account of the tried assassination of Ronald Reagan
On March 30, 1981, President Reagan walked out of a resort in Washington, D.C., and was once shot by way of a would-be murderer. For years, few humans knew the reality approximately how shut the president got here to death, and nobody has ever written an in depth narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on unique new interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying tale of a second whilst the kingdom confronted a terrifying trouble.
With cinematic readability, we see the key provider agent whose quickly reflexes stored the president's lifestyles; the bright surgeons who operated on Reagan as he was once wasting part his blood; and the small workforce of White apartment officers frantically attempting to confirm even if the rustic was once lower than assault. so much particularly, we come across the guy code-named Rawhide, a pacesetter of unusual grace who encouraged affection and awe in each person who labored with him.
Ronald Reagan was once the single serving U.S. president to outlive being shot in an assassination test. In Rawhide Down, the tale of that perilous day—a day of chaos, predicament, prayer, heroism, and hope—is dropped at lifestyles as by no means before.
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G. 22-caliber double-action revolver that had cost him about $45—and thirty-seven rounds of ammunition. The bags also held a number of tape recordings, magazine clippings, and photographs, artifacts of his obsession with the woman in New Haven. , Hinckley dressed and left the hotel. He wandered through a bookstore and then strolled along bustling K Street. He stopped into a McDonald’s and ate an Egg McMuffin. His thoughts kept returning to a simple, mesmerizing plan: he would take a bus to New Haven and end his life.
After selecting his day’s attire from the modest wardrobe in his walk-through closet, he donned a monogrammed white shirt and a classic blue tie. He dotted his shirt sleeves with a pair of golden bear cuff links, mementos from his days as governor of California. He slipped into a new dark blue pin-striped suit—made by his personal tailor in Beverly Hills and given to him by his wife—and added a black leather belt with a Gucci buckle, a white handkerchief folded symmetrically into his jacket’s breast pocket, and his nicest watch on his left wrist.
He understood the point of Parr’s request; although agents were discouraged from becoming friends with their so-called protectees, they needed to understand a person’s quirks and habits in order to protect him or her effectively. Conversely, it was important that the president—whom agents referred to casually as “the Man”—trust the members of his Secret Service detail and even take their orders when necessary. The only way to build that bond was to spend time with the man himself. Guy had been granted such an opportunity when he and platoons of agents were sent to California to guard the president-elect after his victory in November.
Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber