Operation Rawhide by Paul Thomsen, published  by Master Books (2nd edition, 1990) is part of the Creation Adventure Series.

In the early 1980’s the lives of three men: an assassin, a president and a surgeon, would intersect. The surgeon had just come out of an all night surgery. The president was exiting a hotel when gunfire erupted leaving the Secret Service scrambling. The decision of one man would now be a matter of life or death.

The first call was to return to the White House. “Rawhide,”  the name for the president, did not seem to have been hit. But something was off. He was hurt and they rushed him to George Washington Hospital. Here the president was immediately taken into surgery under the direction of Dr. Ben Aaron. Dr. Aaron would save the president’s life. Who am I speaking about? This is the story of the day President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.

The story is told from different points of view, and explains the medical procedures that were undertaken to save the life of the president. The president would live and win a second term and Dr. Ben Aaron would eventually retire from practice. Both men believed in God, and at a moment when the nation was at it’s knees a man of faith was performing surgery to save a man’s life.

This story is great, particularly for boys in upper elementary and middle school. It is an action packed adventure leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering whether the president will be okay.

Kristina O’Brien is a mother of twin girls, an avid reader and a credentialed teacher. She has taught both middle school and high school history. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and enjoys raising her two girls.

 

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