May 08, 11
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Read from April 30 to May 01, 2011, read count: 1
Great storytelling, fascinating breakdown of the events. It is always interesting to read how some lessons are learned and other are not. Lots of preparation and precautions on who he meets inside, but little crowd control. Hinckley just wanted to impress Jodi Foster, and he was able to get of 6 shots from 15 feet away. I had not realized that ER’s were just barely being organized for true emergency care. Reagan was fortunate in that he had quick care, not the norm for the time. This book reminded me of how much progress we have made, in so many fields, that most of us are not even aware of. The level of chaos in the Whitehouse was surprising, too many people without a clear second in command and a screwy information flow. This book shows how Reagan really was something special, a genuinely nice guy.