A Tetralogy of Enduring American Mysteries

American Stonehenge to Roanoke Island, David Ritchey offers historical and personal insight.

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Just about everyone loves a good mystery. Mysteries set the stage for endless hours of inquiry, rumination, and speculation. Countless mysteries are available to us and, if we choose, we can become quite engrossed in trying to figure out some of them. This book provides four such mysteries for your perusal: (1) America’s Stonehenge—a site in New Hampshire with numerous stone structures and astronomical alignments, its origins being uncertain; (2) Cahokia Mounds—a vast complex in Illinois containing many large earthen mounds about which people have discussed the questions of “When, Who, and Why” for centuries; (3) Roanoke Island—an English colony in (then) Virginia that was founded in the late 1500s and disappeared shortly thereafter with no definitive explanation as to what happened, and (4) Newport Tower—a stone tower in Rhode Island, the origins of which continue to be actively debated.


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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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