A Sense of Betrayal

Recollections of Vietnam

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The war in Vietnam was characterized by lies, deceits, manipulations, and betrayals of “what’s right,” perpetrated by our allies, by our military, and by our government.  Perhaps that has been the case in all wars, but the advances in communication and reportage in Vietnam were such that much of this was quickly brought into the public eye.  Our citizens’ faith in our military and government, and in the competence and honesty of our leaders, was significantly undermined.  The American populace developed a high degree of suspicion and distrust toward authority of any kind — a distrust that continues to this day.

David Ritchey spent a year as a young naval officer in Vietnam and was frequently a first-hand observer of the ubiquitous corruption — not just corruption on the part of the Vietnamese, but corruption on the part of the Americans as well.  Because senior officials set their sites on power, prestige, position, and pelf (money), the lives of many young Americans were needlessly sacrificed.  In this book, Ritchey writes about what he experienced, and about how those experiences impacted upon him.


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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.


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