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Nine days before Ronald Reagan became the first serving president to survive an assassination attempt, he visited Ford's Theatre. Looking up at the box where Abraham Lincoln had been fatally shot, he admitted "a curious sensation" about the vulnerability of attack. Then, on March 30th, 1981, less than seventy days into his White House occupancy, the 70-year-old president became the victim of deranged would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. Rawhide Down (which borrows part of its title from the Secret Service's codename for Reagan) recounts the buildup and circumstances of this horrific episode. Many of its details are odd: All six of the bullets Hinckley fired in those fateful three seconds missed the president; it was a chance ricochet off the presidential limousine that felled the chief executive. New details about an unforgettable day.