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The story behind the Reagan shooting

April 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The crime that horrified a nation in 1865 – a president’s assassination – came close to happening again in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was shot by a madman. The author of the definitive account of that attack will tell the full, fascinating story April 19 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Reporter Del Quentin Wilber interviewed more than 125 people and got access to never-before-seen documents for his book “Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan.”

He learned that Reagan came far closer to dying than the public realized and was saved only by the heroic actions of the Secret Service, the D.C. Police, and the staff of the George Washington University Hospital who employed the latest in emergency medicine techniques.

The book reads “like a thriller,” the Washington Post wrote. The Dallas Morning News called it “riveting,” and journalist Bob Woodward praised its “spectacular” reporting.

Wilber, who now covers the U.S. Justice Department for The Wall Street Journal, will sign copies of “Rawhide Down” (which takes its title from Reagan’s Secret Service codename) at 6 p.m. Then at 6:30 he’ll speak in the museum’s Union Theater and take questions from the audience.

Tickets are $8 for the general public or $5 for members of the of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. For tickets, click here.


April 19
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
212 N. 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701 United States
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