The year was 1981. Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan was shot after leaving a speaking engagement in Washington, D. C. The quick action of the Secret Service and medical professionals saved the president's life. Mere days after his near-death experience, Reagan's personal strength propelled him back into his presidential duties.
Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thriller Killing Reagan, with characteristically gripping storytelling, this story explores the events of the day Reagan was shot. From the scene of the shooting and the dramatic action of the Secret Service, to the FBI's interrogation of the shooter, the life-saving measures of the medical professionals and the president's extraordinary recovery, this is a page-turning account of an attempted assassination and its aftermath.
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The Day the President Was Shot:
"History buffs will enjoy this, and those for whom the Reagan administration is long ago and far away will be taken by an episode that still chills." —Booklist
Hitler's Last Days:
"A skillfully organized overview of the fall of the Third Reich, O’Reilly’s summary coordinates text with graphic photos for maximum impact." —VOYA, starred review
"A helpful additional resource for social studies students and WWII buffs." —Booklist
Kennedy's Last Days:
“A thoroughly documented, visually rich presentation.” —Kirkus Reviews
Lincoln's Last Days:
“This thrillerlike adaptation captures the excitement of the Union victory in the Civil War and the shock and horror that quickly followed as the country learned of Lincoln's death and sought revenge on his assassins. The popularity of O'Reilly's adult title will drive interest in this version, but it definitely stands alone and will find an audience among general readers and report writers.” —School Library Journal
“Accessible to younger readers.” —Booklist