Book cover of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilberby Del Quentin Wilber

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011
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.

Interview with the Author

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Del Quentin Wilber, Author of “Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan”
6/12/23           67 min

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