Book Discussion on Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

Panelists commemorated the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Reagan on March 30, 1981. He was shot by John… read more

Panelists commemorated the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Reagan on March 30, 1981. He was shot by John Hinckley, Jr., as he left a lunch-time event at the Washington Hilton hotel, becoming the only serving U.S. president to survive being shot in an assassination attempt. The discussion included archival news footage from broadcast and cable news networks that illustrated some of the chaos and confusion of the day’s news coverage. 

Del Quentin Wilber is the author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan (Henry Holt and Company, 2011). The book details the Secret Service and White House response to the attempt, the severity of the president’s injuries, and the surgeons who operated on President Reagan. Jerry Parr, who was the head of the security detail, was at President Reagan’s side when he was shot and pushed him into a limousine. Dr. Joseph Giordano, the surgeon who operated on the president, founded and oversaw the trauma team at George Washington University Hospital that played a key role in saving the president’s life.

“The 30th Anniversary of the Assassination Attempt on President Ronald Reagan” was a special program at the Newseum, with the support of Henry Holt and Company close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Book Discussion on Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 23, 2011
Last Aired:
Feb 20, 2012

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  • Mar 23, 2011 | 7:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 26, 2011 | 8:49pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 27, 2011 | 10:05am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 30, 2011 | 10:06pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 31, 2011 | 2:07am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 03, 2011 | 12:14am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 24, 2011 | 3:32pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 20, 2012 | 8:31am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 20, 2012 | 10:45pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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