Thirty years ago, John Hinckley Jr. opened fire outside of a Washington hotel wounding Ronald Reagan and three others. On March 30, 1981, the president lost half of his blood and came closer to dying than most people realize. In Rawhide Down, Washington Post reporter and author Del Quentin Wilber lays out the minute-by-minute account of the assassination attempt. “Rawhide” was Reagan’s Secret Service code name. Wilber talked with the agents assigned to protect the president. When they discovered that Reagan had been shot, they decided quickly to get him to George Washington University Hospital. Wilber spoke with the nurses and surgeons who saved the president’s life there and with many other eyewitnesses to the assassination attempt and its wide-ranging ramifications. Wilber also exposes new facts about the would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr.